Nurse Jenea Goddard nominated for Norman S. Holt Award; two others honored

By Kristy Bleizeffer Jul 25, 2016

We are lucky to have the nurses we do. More than anyone else, nurses are the faces of the hospital, making deep connections with patients and families alike.

We are happy to announce Jenea Goddard, nurse manager of the ICU, as this year’s nominee for the prestigious Norman S. Holt Award for Nursing Excellence. The Wyoming Hospital Association awards the honor to one Wyoming nurse each year at its annual convention. This year’s convention is Sept. 7-8 in Cheyenne. Congratulations to Jenea and to the two runners-up, each nominated for the honor by their coworkers.  

Jeana Goddard, nurse manager of the ICU

President and CEO Vickie Diamond (from left), Norman S. Holt Award nominee Jenea Goddard, R.N., and Chief Nursing Officer Jan Nixon pose during the nominee celebration recently at Wyoming Medical Center.

Jenea began her career at Wyoming Medical Center as a staff nurse on the Progressive Care Unit and transitioned to the ICU, to clinical supervisor and finally to nurse manager. She is credited with bringing Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring to the hospital which teaches the ways nursing goes beyond providing a medical cure for an illness or injury.

Jenea’s team is part of a Comprehensive Unit Based Safety Program by partnering with the Johns Hopkins Hospital to improve the care of ICU patients. The team collaborates with the intensivists, infection prevention and control nurses, nurse educators, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, and staff nurses in the ICU to reduce medical complications. Jenea organizes staff efforts to provide meals to the local mission and is very active in the 4-H program with her three daughters and husband. She spends an entire week camped at the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo to help with the animals and other 4-H activities.

Jenea is a member and champion for the Donate Life campaign helping WMC achieve one of the highest organand tissue donation rates in the state. She supports families through every step, including for one patient donating his organs after circulatory death. Jenea promised the family she would stay with the patient throughout the process so he would not be alone in his final moments. She has also been instrumental in instituting comfort care memory items for family members of those who are dying. She buys supplies for handprints and thumbprints out of her own pocket to give to the family members. Her loving and caring spirit allows her to hold dying patients’ hands as they pass on. One memorable story is of a terminal patient who had a wife and three little boys, and Jenea used paint to make the patient’s handprints on pillow cases for his wife and children.

Becky Rowe, registered nurse on PCU

Becky started on Wyoming Medical Center’s Outpatient Unit in 1994 and transitioned to the Progressive Care Unit in 2001. “When something needs to be done, or when looking for a volunteer, Becky is always the first to stand up and get it done,” her letter states.

Becky is actively involved in shared governance; on the pharmacy, therapeutics and Code Blue committees; leads PCU’s Journal Club; and serves on the PCU Unit Council.

She is a primary preceptor for new graduate nurses every year, and she loves to educate the new nurses who are starting their career. Her peers describe her as patient, compassionate, knowledgeable and amazing. 

Her patients love her as well. One notable and recent story involved a patient in lethal heart rhythm but the automatic external defibrillator (AED) said there was “no shock advised.” Becky recognized the lethal rhythm, and used her advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) training to override the machine in order to manually defibrillate the patient. This act converted the patient from a lethal rhythm to a perfusing rhythm, thereby saving the patient’s life.  

Colin Gransbery, registered nurse in the Cath Lab

Colin Gransbery poses with his wife, Stacy.

In the Cath Lab, there is a common question: “WWCGBD? — What would Colin Gransbery Do?” Colin has learned every aspect of Cath Lab procedures and best practices: From bedside care to ordering supplies. He ensures that his peers have the same awareness of evidence-based practices.Colin leads by example, modeling safety behaviors for both his team members and those from other departments.

Colin is also valued by the physicians he works with.  Dr. Robert Novick, a cardiologist who works with Colin on a daily basis, states: “Colin is quietly effective, unassuming, modest and an excellent nurse."  

Colin shows great compassion for patients and families. He treats every patient as if they were his own family member and understands that it is just as important to take care of the patient’s family as it is the patient.  In stressful cases, Colin is often called upon to speak with the family about what is occurring. 

“When Colin speaks to families, he takes his time and speaks compassionately, and he will show the family the films of the procedure regardless of the time of day or case load.  He makes everyone feel special, and he sacrifices his time to ensure that each and every person gets the attention they deserve," said Kim Mischke, a nurse who works with Colin in the Cath Lab. 

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