The Kansas Hospital Association is highlighting hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for the Health Care Worker of the Year Award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
Michele started at Rooks County Health Center as a CNA 25 years ago. Her dedication to the hospital and desire to further her education, has led her to her current position of swing bed coordinator and nurse manager. However, her title should be changed to nurse leader instead of manager, as she does so much more than manage people. Michele works closely with her nursing staff, as well as the medical and ancillary staff. She spends countless hours tutoring and mentoring CNAs and nurses to help them become leaders in their field. She is the first person the nursing staff calls if someone needs assistance. Michele is not the type of leader that tells people what to do. She shows them and helps guide them as they learn.
Michele was integral in the hospital’s level 4 trauma certification, as well as integration of EMS pre-hospital initiation and communication. She recently presented at the Summit on Quality due to her education of naloxone and the distribution of “stop the bleed kits” to local law enforcement.
As a nurse, Michele has empathy in her DNA. However, empathy and respect is not just for her patients but also for the staff with which she interacts. She continually puts herself in others shoes and tries to determine what is best for the patient from every perspective. She is integral in the interdepartmental meetings that help mold patients’ daily activities and care plans. Her knowledge and dedication to her patients allows her to be the first line of support for anything from ED trauma to OB delivery to employee emotional support and guidance. She continually puts the patients first and supports the goals of the organization while doing it. She is the glue holding together the plan for what is best for the patient.
Michele was recognized, along with other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees, at the KHA Awards Luncheon – 2019 KHA Annual Convention, held on Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita/Century II Convention Center in Wichita.
By: Jan Fenwick, Senior Program Manager Communications, KHA