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2017 40 Under 40 Honoree: Allison Brandt Anbari, 37

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Allison Brandt Anbari is using her nursing experience to train the next generation of health care professionals. A proponent of empathy over sympathy, Anbari teaches students at Missouri State University to treat their patients with respect and dignity at all times. A former travel nurse, Anbari has worked for multiple health care systems, including Select Specialty Hospital and CoxHealth in Springfield and hospitals in Oregon, Connecticut and Arizona. Her proudest community accomplishment is leading a committee that oversaw the transition of Junior League of Springfield’s Plaid Door resale boutique to just once a month and – ultimately – profitability.

What was your first job? I worked as a FIFA-licensed soccer referee.

What do you miss most about the 1990s? Using the telephone to actually make telephone calls.

What is your best productivity hack? I try to instill to my nursing students that being proactive is much better than being reactive. Catching problems with patients early is so much easier than questioning and watching or waiting.

What’s your greatest regret? I wish I had not stopped taking piano lessons in the eighth grade.

What about your job would shock clients? I would say patients would be shocked to see how different nursing practice is here compared to other parts of the United States.

Top secret alias if you worked for the CIA? Oh, “that” nurse.

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