For National Nurses Day, thank a nurse in your life for the important work they do

By Vickie Diamond May 6, 2016

Today is National Nurses Day, and I would like to thank all of our nurses for their hard work and dedication to patients. We would not be Natrona County’s community hospital without them.

This year’s theme is “Culture of Safety. It starts with YOU.” Nothing better describes the efforts our nursing staff have made to ensure that every patient gets the right care at the right time at Wyoming Medical Center. The American Nurses Association defines a culture of safety as “one in which core values and behaviors … emphasize safety over competing goals.” Each of our nurses strives to put safety first in patient care.

It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. It is a high-stress job with long hours. It requires teamwork and quick decision making. As important, it requires compassionate people who can connect with patients who are scared and confused about what is happening to them.

Nurses at Wyoming Medical Center embody these qualities in everything they do, and over the past year, the community has taken notice.

In a special section on Sunday, the Casper Star-Tribune will name Michelle Giffin, R.N., a quality assurance analyst, one of its Outstanding Nurses for 2016.  Many other Wyoming Medical Center nurses were nominated by their peers. Be sure to pick up Sunday’s paper to read about Michelle and see all the nominees. Please join me in congratulating each of them.

This spring, our Stewardship Committee named Stacy Baker, R.N., Wyoming Medical Center’s 2015 Employee of the Year for her efforts in revamping a program to provide small remembrances to families who suffer infant loss. Her work is so important for families on Mother and Baby who suffer such unimaginable loss, and I was humbled to learn about her efforts. 

Also on Mother and Baby, a special thank you to nurse educators Jennifer Gallagher and Monica Money who provide valuable health information to young families with their monthly columns in The Pulse.  They help fulfill Wyoming Medical Center’s mission of “advancing the health and wellness of our community.”

We are lucky to have so many skilled and compassionate nurses on staff, and I am proud of every single one of them. 

Next week is also National Nurses’ Week. I urge everyone to take the time to stop a nurse in your life and thank them for their commitment to the people of this community. 

Vickie Diamond

Vickie Diamond is President and CEO of Wyoming Medical Center and previously served as its chief nursing officer. She is a board member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and served on the (AHA) Region 8 Policy Board, representing seven states – Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. She is the winner of the 2013 Wyoming Woman of Influence in Health Care, a Becker’s Hospital Review’s “300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know”and a Becker's "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.” 

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