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St. Francis Spotlight: Meet Munira

June 12, 2019
St. Francis Spotlight

Meet Munira, a respiratory therapist in the pulmonary rehabilitation department at St. Francis. As a St. Francis employee for three years, Munira reflects on her role at the hospital and what she enjoys most.

I work at St. Francis leading Pulmonary Rehab. Pulmonary Rehab is an education and exercise program for people with chronic lung disease. Patients come to us twice per week and we motivate them to make healthy decisions regarding exercise and educate them about their condition. I also coordinate the outside educators who come in to meet with our patients.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Catherine University and, after graduating, I took the exam to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist. After a while, I went back to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist through the National Board of Respiratory Care.

I applied and started working at St. Francis after I heard about an open position from my friend, who told me it was a great place to work. So far, he’s been right! I went from night shift to day shift, now that I lead the Pulmonary Rehab program, so I’ve had a lot of opportunity to learn and grow.

My favorite thing about working at St. Francis is the family feel. I have seen patients recover and it’s rewarding to watch them get stronger and healthier. St. Francis is a small community environment. I have the chance to really get to know the people I work with and build a trusting relationship of respect.