February 21, 2023
Meet Angie Eschmann
Clinical Nurse Manager
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Waterloo, IL.
What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?
Prior to coming to Washington University Orthopedics, I worked in the operating room at St. Louis Children’s Hospital on the neurosurgery team doing both cranial and spine cases for 14 years. I was always intrigued with the deformity correction surgical procedures that the ortho spine providers performed. Not only did those procedures impact the patient, but the family as well. When I left the OR, I worked in the pediatric multi-specialty clinic and quickly realized that I missed the surgical side of healthcare. I was fortunate enough to see the clinical nurse manager position for spine, which was a perfect combination of working in the outpatient clinic setting and aligned with my OR experience in spine. In addition, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery has a great reputation and mission to provide excellent patient care with excellent patient outcomes for some of the most complex patients.
How do you support the department?
I currently work as the nurse manager of the spine division supporting the clinical team and the surgeons. I am blessed every day to work with excellent and dedicated health care professionals who focus on providing excellent clinical care, education, and innovative research.
What aspect of your work do you find most interesting or rewarding?
The rewarding part of my role is in every aspect of my work I impact patients, whether I am helping in a clinic, supporting the clinical team or providers, or collaborating with other orthopedic divisions, Washington University departments, or our hospital partners. As a leader, I strive every day to support or help those around me with anything they need and extend appreciation for the work that my colleagues do to help our department fulfill our mission.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, yard work, hiking, being at the beach, or traveling.
What's the best advice you ever received?
”Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”
If you weren't in health care, what would you like to be doing?
If I were not in health care I would have either been an elementary school teacher or a crime scene investigator.
Anything else you’d like to share?
My husband, Todd, and I have been married for almost 19 years and have three children, Sam, Abby, and Brenden. Sam and Abby are both enjoying adult life on their own with their spouses. Brenden is a junior in high school and spends most of his time on the soccer field either with his high school team, club team, or practicing his soccer skills with hopes to play collegiate level soccer.
Todd and I have spent all of our spare time focused on spending as much time with our children, supporting them in their extracurricular activities, traveling, or just having fun. We were blessed with our first grandson last June, whom we adore and enjoy spending time with, watching him grow and being the best grandparents we can be. We are anxiously awaiting for March to arrive for the home opener for our St. Louis City SC team, we will enjoy spending a lot of time at the stadium cheering the team on in their inaugural MLS season.
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