Paper names Nicole Jimenez one of Wyoming's Top Nurses

By Kristy Bleizeffer May 6, 2020

The Casper Star-Tribune selected Nicole Jimenez, R.N., as one of Wyoming's Top Nurses for 2020. She is one of eight Wyoming Medical Center nurses chosen for the honor.
"I am in awe of her every day - being able to take care of her patients, helping with all the other patients, taking care of her coworkers and still being able to run the ICU with calmness. It is a very stressful job and the patients in the ICU are the sickest of them all. Nicki is a hero every day and deserves to be recognized." — Cindy Brown

Congratulations to Nicole Jimenez, R.N., for being named one of Wyoming's Top Nurses by the Casper Star-Tribune.

In celebration of National Nurses Week, the Casper Star-Tribune selected 10 Wyoming nurses for the honor, and eight of them work at Wyoming Medical Center.

Nicole is a charge nurse in our Intensive Care Unit, and she was nominated by her coworker, Cindy Brown.

"Nicky goes beyond the call of duty every day," Cindy wrote in her nomiation letter. "She is an awesome leader and a critical care nurse. Wyoming Medical Center is lucky to have such a great nurse."

Read more about Nicole and her career in the interview below.

How long have you been a nurse, and how long have you worked at Wyoming Medical Center? 

I have been a nurse for 17 years. I worked in Daytona, Florida for the first 6 years and have been at Wyoming Medical Center in the ICU for the past 11 years. 
 

What type of nursing do you practice? 

I am a critical care nurse. I take care of critically ill patients from all over the state of Wyoming that are transferred into our ICU. I take post surgical patients such as open hearts, traumas, and any other surgical complications. 

I began my career in Florida on a neuro unit which I enjoyed, but my ultimate goal was to become a critical care nurse. I was excited to start a new chapter of my career as a ICU nurse in January of 2009.  I have enjoyed it for the last 11 years. I love the daily challenges of a critical care nurse from caring for the very ill patient and being there for the family.  

When did you first become interested in medicine, and why did you decide to become a nurse?

In my early 20s, I worked in a doctor's office as a secretary which peaked my interest in medicine and becoming a nurse.

Do other members in your family work in health care?

My mother worked as a CNA at WMC for 19 years. She was a hard worker and cared for her patients. She was a great example of a caring person and I looked up to her.

What is your favorite part of the job, and what are some challenges you face?

My favorite part of the job is caring for the patients and family, and making a difference in their lives in one form or another. I love the team I work with.  I have the pleasure of working beside some amazing people at WMC.

As a regional referral center, Wyoming Medical Center covers about 250,000 Wyoming lives. We protect the health of our friends, neighbors, community and state. Does being part of that make you proud to work at Wyoming Medical Center? 

I think it's amazing that we care for a large number of patients, and I am honored to say I am a part of the WMC team. I absolutely love my job as a nurse!

Did you know you were nominated before the announcement?

I did not know that I was nominated, but I am extremely honored. 

Anything else you'd like to add or would like your colleagues to know?

I am grateful for everyone that has helped me grow and continue to grow over the years.  I especially love my ICU peeps, we are a great work family. Everyone is so supportive and works together.

Wyoming Medical Center's Top Nurses

Eight of the 10 Top Nurses honored by the Casper Star-Tribune in 2020 are from Wyoming Medical Center. Read their interviews in the links below.