Five Reasons to Thank Our Nurses

May 6, 2014

Thank

1. Thank you for loving what you do

People seldom think their work is fun. But, our nurses have a genuine passion for their jobs and desire to care for others, which makes coming to work a joyful experience.

Read why registered nurse Marla Jones enjoys her job in Cardiac Rehab.

 

2. Thank you for your dedication to excellence

With the nurses at Boone Hospital Center, we never have to worry about falling behind. They are continually striving to make Boone Hospital the best. From their dedication to becoming magnet accredited to taking opportunities outside the hospital to learn and grow, it is in the nature of our nursing staff to push themselves to be greater.

Find out how Laura Noren is helping to continually improve Boone Hospital Center.

 

3. Thank you for your caring attitudes

The general attitude of the nurses at Boone Hospital Center is exceptional. They are always there to greet you with a smile and encouraging word. They create an atmosphere of love and acceptance that makes everyone feel welcome and puts worried minds at ease.

Check out how registered nurse Jeannie Grant went above expectations in caring for her patient, Walt.

 

4. Thank you for providing quality service

Our nursing staff is committed to meeting expectations and then exceeding them. They treat the people that enter the hospital as if they are their own family members. The hospital can be intimidating, so our nurses are sure to take the time to explain complicated topics and make patients comfortable with their surroundings.

Read about the care one Boone Hospital Center nurse received when she switched roles and became a patient.

 

5. Thank you for choosing Boone Hospital Center

In a town with many hospitals to choose from, we are honored each time nurses choose Boone Hospital Center as their home. We truly believe we are a family and are thankful for each one of our members.

Find out why registered nurse Lindsey Rock chose Boone Hospital Center.

 

There are more than just five reasons to thank our nurses; in honor of National Nurses Day we encourage you to think of the impact that a nurse has had on your life. Be sure to thank a nurse today!


A Mother’s Influence

May 5, 2014

By Kelsey Hoffmann

This story is featured in the Spring 2014 edition of myBoone Health magazine. Click here for a free subscription.

They pulled up to the hospital at 11 a.m. With no air conditioning, the car was sweltering hot, but she did not mind. She was just excited that her dad let her come along to pick mom up from work. But as the minutes passed by, the excitement dwindled. After 45 minutes of waiting, her dad let out a groan and uttered, “These nurses work too hard.”

Memories like these have stuck with Laura Noren. Spending her childhood observing her mom’s work ethic taught Laura invaluable lessons and has molded her into the nurse she is today.

Laura Noren and her mother, Ann, visit Boone Hospital Center's nursery.

Laura Noren and her mother, Ann, visit Boone Hospital Center’s nursery.

Getting on board

Throughout her career, Laura, who has worked at Boone Hospital Center since 1992, has taken on positions and challenges that have pushed her to exceed expectations. In February, the work ethic that her mother instilled in her proved beneficial when she was nominated to the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

In the summer of 2013, one of Laura’s sisters, Wendy, put the idea in her mind to apply for the board.

“My family has always been politically minded,” Laura said. “My father was director of Missouri Department of Conservation for many years, and I grew up in that kind of culture. My sister is also a public servant as the Boone County clerk.”

The political drive she learned from her father and the passion for nursing she inherited from her mother had Laura intrigued by the possibility of serving on the board. However, she knew it would mean a significant time commitment, so before she did anything she had a conversation with Dr. Mary Beck, vice president and chief nursing officer. After receiving her full support, Laura applied.

In February, she got the call that Gov. Jay Nixon nominated her for the board.

“I was very excited,’ Laura said. “I called my sister first. I let my husband know, too, but I called Wendy first.”

Laura will serve on the board until June 1, 2016. During that time, she and eight other board members will oversee the 130,000 nurses in the state of Missouri.

“[The nomination] is beneficial to the hospital and BJC because I will have a better understanding of what the profession expects,” Laura said. “The board oversees the rules and regulations. There have been times we are making decisions here, and we will contact the state board of nursing for an interpretation. I think being on the board will help me gain insight of how they view things, which will in turn help the hospital.”

Stealing the show

In February, Laura went to Jefferson City, Mo., for Sen. Kurt Schaeffer to introduce her to the senate and have her nomination approved. Laura and her small entourage of her mom, her best friend, Dr. Beck and Monica Smith, the Boone Hospital cardiac and cardiothoracic surgery service line director, had the honor of attending a ceremony at the capital and touring the governor’s office. But Laura admits the experience would not have been the same without her mom.

“She kind of stole the show a bit,” Laura said. “Everyone was impressed with her career and her influence.”

Laura was happy to share the glory. After all, it was her mother who led her to nursing and guided her through her career.

Like mother, like daughter

Laura’s mother, Ann Noren, 92, was a nurse in World War II before settling in Jefferson City with her husband, Carl. Ann soon got a job at St. Mary’s Health Center and, over time, worked her way to become what would be referred to as today as director of women’s and children’s health.

Ann was well respected by her colleagues and was often described as a great mentor. Laura would be the first to confirm her mother’s natural ability to guide nurses.

“She actually gave me my first job,” Laura said. “Back in the days when you could hire your own children.”

In 1969, Laura started working under her mother as a nursing aide in the newborn nursery. It was during this time that Laura absorbed many lessons from her mother.

“She was very calm and very respectful,” Laura said. “She was fair and hardworking. She didn’t ask anything of her staff that she wouldn’t jump in and do.”

Laura learned patience, determination and leadership skills from her mother. In February, her mother’s influence on her career became even more evident when Laura accepted the position of service line director of women’s and children’s health at Boone Hospital Center.

“I think my mom is really excited that it’s come full circle and that I am going to be doing this,” Laura said.

Preparing the next generation

Laura’s mom has been happy to see her daughter succeed in so many different areas of nursing.

“I think sometimes I baffle her about the different things that I pick up because really these opportunities weren’t there when she was a nurse,” Laura said.

With her great accomplishments and her natural ability to lead, Laura has proved that she, like her mother, is capable of preparing nurses for a successful career.

“I have wonderful staff who are newer in their roles, and I really enjoy trying to help them learn and teach and grow,” Laura said. “My goal is to step out of the way and let somebody else step in.”

Continuing to serve

Laura does not know what will happen after her position with the board is finished, but she hopes to spend the rest of her career at Boone Hospital Center.

“I’m a true Boonie,” she said. “I am very loyal to this hospital and care about it deeply. It’s a family. It sounds so catchy, but it’s true. People care about each other here.”

Even after retirement, there is a good chance she will not give up her love of nursing. Laura’s mother served at hospitals, including Boone Hospital Center, until her late 80s. Laura seems to have adopted her drive.

“It’s hard to complain or feel like you are overwhelmed or tired or something because you look at her and go, well… never mind,” Laura said. “If she can do it, I can do it.”


May Employee of the Month loves Boone Hospital’s “family atmosphere”

May 5, 2014

Tori Martin is Boone Hospital Center’s Employee of the Month for May 2014. Click here to nominate someone for Employee of the Month.

When Tori Martin returned from a weeklong vacation in Jamaica, her co-workers on the Surgical Specialties unit congratulated her on the exciting news – she had gotten engaged a few days ago.

Tori Martin

Tori Martin

A little later that Monday, the unit had another reason to congratulate Tori, when it was announced that she was Boone Hospital Center’s Employee of the Month.

As a circulating nurse, Tori helps patients check in to the OR, reviews that their paperwork has been correctly completed, assists anesthesiologists, preps the patient for surgery and gets the sterile items that the surgeon and staff need during the procedure.

Tori has worked in this role for a combined total of 6 years. She received her nursing degree at Central Methodist University in Fayette. She was a Boone baby and has grown up in Columbia. Tori’s father, Ray Balulis, had worked in the Plant Operations department for 30 years. He had also been named Employee of the Month, in September 1999.

“My Dad said Boone was the only place to work,” Tori says.

Because Tori and Ray were so close, and she admired her father greatly, she wanted to work where he’d been happy for so many years – and in the place where she grew up.

Tori met her fiancé, Paul Newcom, while working together in the OR. The two love being active outdoors and enjoy travel to any place that’s warm, especially during the winter. After this year’s prolonged chilly weather, a tropical vacation was just what Tori needed.

While away, on the morning of her 30th birthday, Tori celebrated another milestone: “There was a spot on the beach where I would go every morning while we were on vacation. Paul came out to meet me at that spot, and he proposed there. It was sweet – and it was perfect for us.”

When asked what she likes about working at Boone Hospital Center, Tori says she most enjoys working with the surgeons and staff in the OR.

“We definitely have a family atmosphere,” she says. “If you ever need anything, there’s always somebody that’s willing to help you out.”

Tori also credits her supervisor, Heidi Woods, with creating a positive and supportive work environment. Tori’s peers feel the same way about her: last November, she was awarded a Boone Hospital Center Excellence in Nursing Award for Nursing Spirit, which recognizes nurses who have a positive attitude and show eagerness and enthusiasm while providing exceptional patient care.

Tori’s nursing spirit is why she has received her second award in less than a year. When asked about the timing of the announcement, she laughs and says, “I thought, ‘I need to buy a lottery ticket!’”

It just so happened that Paul did buy a lottery ticket that morning, which is extremely rare for him. But Tori assures us, “If we win a million dollars, I’ll still be here.”

Good luck and congratulations, Tori!


Our Maternal Child Health team is looking for a new member.

April 18, 2014

At Boone Hospital Center we stress the importance of building a strong team that will support, encourage and challenge you to be your best.

Cindy Bracht, Megan Perry and Jody Miller

Cindy Bracht, Megan Perry and Jody Miller

Cindy Bracht, Megan Perry and Jody Miller each play their roles within Maternal Child Health and understand the importance of working together.

“You have to have a good team base,” Jody says. “We’re a very close unit. We are like a family.”

In addition to building internal relationships, our nurses enjoy providing compassionate and thorough care to our tiniest patients and their mothers.

“We are a very happy place. Being able to be a part of someone’s starting a new family is amazing,” Jody says.

Click here to learn about how you can join the Boone Hospital team.


Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program® Site Visit

April 8, 2014

PUBLIC NOTICE:
MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM®
SITE VISIT


  • Boone Hospital Center was designated as a Magnet organization in 2005 and 2009 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.  This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In May 2014, Boone Hospital Center is applying for re-designation.
  • Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so.  Anyone may send comments via e-mail, fax, and direct mail. All phone comments to the Magnet Program Office must be followed up in writing.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND NEVER SHARED WITH THE FACILITY. IF YOU CHOOSE, YOUR COMMENTS MAY BE ANONYMOUS, BUT MUST BE IN WRITING.

  • YOUR COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY May 10, 2014.

Address:     American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Magnet Recognition Program Office
8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD  20910-3492

Fax:            301-628-5217
E-Mail:        magnet@ana.org
Phone:        866-588-3301 (toll free)


“Boone cares about employees,” says April Employee of the Month

April 1, 2014

Rubin Byishimo is Boone Hospital Center’s Employee of the Month for April 2014. Click here to nominate someone for Employee of the Month.

When Rubin Byishimo learned that he was Boone Hospital Center’s April Employee of the Month, he admits he was surprised.

Rubin Biyishimo

Rubin Biyishimo

Rubin joined Boone Hospital Center in February 2012 as a lab assistant. In his current role, he works with patients, drawing blood and collecting and processing specimens. He visits many areas of the hospital on his shift, both outpatient clinics and inpatient units.

“We’re everywhere,” he says, smiling.

Rubin enjoys his job and the teamwork and leadership he experiences every day in the Laboratory. He especially likes the flexible scheduling in his department, which allows him to take classes at the University of Missouri, where he plans to attend nursing school.

Rubin came to Columbia from Portland, Maine, where he had been living until his uncle wanted to live somewhere warmer than coastal New England. The United States is Rubin’s fourth country; he moved here in 2003 and previously lived in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was born.

“I like Columbia because it’s small, but it has good schools, the University and great health care.”

Outside of work, Rubin is a musician. He plays piano, guitar, drums and is currently learning the organ. He plays music for the African congregation at the First Baptist Church in Columbia. He also travels to visit friends and family in Maine and Ohio. And he enjoys playing soccer, a sport he grew up with. “I enjoy basketball, too, now,” Rubin says, “But soccer is my main sport.”

When asked what he liked best about working at Boone Hospital Center, Rubin says, “Boone cares about their employees.”


Randy Morrow honored for service to Boone Hospital

March 24, 2014

Randy Morrow, Vice President/COO
Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award

In 1975, Randy Morrow joined Boone County Hospital as an accounting manager. In 1993, he became the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer/Hospital Services, a title which was changed in 2003 to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has also served as the hospital’s Interim President on several occasions, most recently in 2013.   

It is impossible to imagine what Boone Hospital Center would be like today without Randy, and it would be nearly as impossible to name all of the contributions he has made that have helped our hospital to grow over the last four decades.     

Randy is a pillar not only for Boone Hospital Center, but our communities as well. He serves on the boards of many community organizations, including Fitzgibbon Hospital, Salvation Army, REDI and Missouri Credit Union, and is active in his church.   

Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to include everything that Randy’s colleagues and staff, past and present, had to say about him in the video below, but we think you’ll see how Randy Morrow has definitely made Boone Hospital Center an excellent place to work and to receive health care, and why we’ve honored him with our first-ever Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award.

Thank you and congratulations, Randy!


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