Ivinson Memorial Hospital
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
One of the most beautiful aspects of nursing is the opportunity it provides me to work with a variety of different patients, providers, students and other professionals. The ability to advocate and care patients in what is often one of the most vulnerable times of their life has been a blessing to me. I am very proud of the work that the team I work with is able to do on a daily basis.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
I currently work as a Medical/Surgical and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at the hospital. In the next five years I plan to expand my skills in these areas as well as complete my training in the Intensive Care Unit so I can continue to provide the best care possible to patients at Ivinson Memorial Hospital while also completing my Master’s degree in Health Service Administration.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
I am very thankful to be able to work with the Laramie Reproductive Health Clinic and the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors as each provides me with a different opportunity to serve the community. The Laramie Reproductive Health Clinic is the only clinic in Albany County the provides men and women’s reproductive services on a sliding scale basis and is able to serve nearly 2,000 individuals in the Laramie and surrounding areas annually from grants and community support. Ivinson Memorial Hospital Board of Directors has many different projects but one that I am particularly involved with is Women inCourage, a female funding circle aimed at identifying specialty projects and equipment throughout the hospital and working with membership to fund these projects.
What action or event that you’ve been a part of do you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or, which action or event are you most proud of?
I am proud to be involved with Women inCourage, a group of female who leaders have reinvested over $30,000 to IMH over the last 16 months. I am fortunate enough to see the positive effect that the generosity of the women involved with this group has on the patients every day throughout the various departments of the hospital. It’s a place where other women can meet each one another too, so it has several facets of value added into the design of the group.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
I believe that Laramie has so many professionals who are invested in the community and are striving to make Laramie thrive. In the past few years I have seen more people who are willing to stay and develop locally. I am born and raised in Laramie, and love to see people who are proud of this community and town. It is a beautiful place filled with people who share a common love of what makes Laramie so great.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I have always enjoyed learning and have been a leader since a young age, so when faced with a challenge I also do my best to break it down to figure out where I am struggling, and what I need to learn to be able move forward. I have never been afraid to reach out to my peers or mentors and in most cases their knowledge and advice has been monumental in my success.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
There is always room to grow and learn from others, and in my experience there is always someone who is willing to teach you something that you don’t know. It’s okay to say that you don’t know something, and learning to be vulnerable is what makes us strong. Always keep in mind that kindness matters.