In recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12, Mercy Medical Center honors our more than 660 registered nurses who demonstrate a passion for the profession and strong commitment to our hospital patients. Mercy Medical Center congratulates our 2013 Clinical Excellence award winners – Rachel Beard, Kathleen Hinton, Vicki Jessop, Susan Lohmeyer and Dennis Maio.
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Rachel Beard, R.N., BSN, Mercy Regional Rehabilitation Center, says the desire to help people has always been part of her nature, but she decided to become a rehab nurse because of her grandmother, who helped her develop a deep respect for the elderly. She sees her grandmother in many patients she cares for.
Beard says it is satisfying working as part of a team to rehabilitate individuals with problems that are especially challenging. She is always pleased when patients are able to return home and function.
Because she often takes care of patients over an extended period of time, Beard says she can become very attached. She loves it when patients return and demonstrate new levels of improvement.
Beard says that she loves being a nurse and is very proud of being able to care for others. Outside of her work at the medical center, Beard participates on Mercy's JDRF team and is a member of Kendall's Krew, a group that raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides event.
Kathleen Hinton, R.N., Mercy IV Therapy, says she first remembers considering nursing as a career in early grade school. "A classmate's mother was a nurse, and I so admired her," Hinton says. "However, I would have never made it through nursing school without my parent's support, and especially my dad's words of encouragement."
Hinton graduated from Mercy School of Nursing and is currently attending Ohio University to obtain her BSN. She spent her first 10 years at Mercy Medical Center working on 9 Main. She then transferred to Mercy IV Therapy where she continues to serve patients today. Nurses hired at Mercy Medical Center since 1996 have likely met Hinton while taking the IV orientation class.
Hinton says she is most happy when something she says or does makes a patient feel physically or emotionally better. “A satisfying part of my job is when I hear the phrase, ‘I didn’t even feel it,’ after starting an IV,” she says. Hinton remembers a time when she was having an ongoing conversation with a female patient while inserting a PICC. “She asked me what my favorite part of nursing was, and I automatically answered, 'This,’” Hinton says. “I just remember that at that moment, we looked at each other and smiled, and nothing else needed to be said.”
Hinton also says she values laughter. She remembers a time when a patient was signing the consent form for a PICC and he said, ‘Okay, but I don’t want to hear anyone say uh-oh, oops, or go get the doctor.’ Hinton says she has laughed with patients, co-workers on 9 Main and her beloved IV team members. “The best thing about nurses is that they have so much love in their hearts and the best sense of humor.”
Hinton says, “I want to thank those nurses who thought that, despite my imperfections, I was worthy of this honor. I also must thank the love of my life, Joe. He knows ALL of them.”
Making a difference – even a small one – in someone’s recovery from an illness is what satisfies her most about being a nurse. Over the course of 26 years, she has cared for many patients. She remembers that early in her career, she and her family befriended an elderly man and homecare patient. They decorated his home with Christmas lights, took him to Christmas service at their church and even provided some emergency home repairs.
Jessop says that she loves nursing and has never been sorry for following her childhood dreams. She is proud to be a registered nurse and to work at Mercy where her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is at the core of the hospital’s mission.
Although Jessop has worked for other organizations, none, she says, have been like Mercy, where her hands were anointed and blessed for giving care. She says that ceremony was very special to her, and she always feels privileged to serve this community.
Susan Lohmeyer, R.N., Mercy Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and Same Day Unit (SDU), says she became a nurse because she always admired how nurses cared for their patients, and she loves helping others. She finds it satisfying knowing she made a difference in someone’s life whether it was physically or mentally, and she loves to laugh with her patients.
One of Lohmeyer’s special memories is caring for an 89-year-old woman in the recovery room. “Her blood pressure was very high, and we needed to bring it down,” Lohmeyer says. Through their conversation, Lohmeyer says she learned the patient was concerned for her five children all in the waiting room. “Now granted, her children ranged in age from their 50’s to 70 years old, but the patient was concerned her children had not eaten yet and wanted them all to go home, because it was getting late.” Lohmeyer decided to bring her children to the recovery room, one at a time. She shared their mother’s concern with them. “The children told their mother they would go home and eat. She hugged each one of them and sent them on their way. Once the children left, my patient’s anxiety diminished, and her blood pressure came down. It reminded me about the importance of family and that no matter how old your children get, they will always be your babies,” Lohmeyer says.
“To me, nurses are part of the foundation in seeing a patient through their recovery process,” Lohmeyer says. “Nurses tend to the patient’s medical, psychological and social needs with compassion. They diligently assist the doctors in the healing process and work collaboratively with Mercy Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology, Therapy, Wound Care, Housekeeping, Dietary and Social Workers."
When patients ask Lohmeyer if she likes her job, she replies, "I love my job!" Patients often respond, "I can tell."
Dennis Maio, R.N., BSN, Mercy Cardiovascular Surgical Care Unit (CVSCU), began his college career as an engineering major but says he quickly discovered it wasn’t the path for him. “My wife was a nurse and helped convince me that nursing was a good fit for me,” he says.
In 2006 Maio graduated with a BSN from The University of Akron, and he is currently pursing his MSN and CRNA. Maio says he feels great satisfaction when patients come back to the unit to say thank you for the care they’ve received. He remembers caring for a special patient who underwent a long and difficult surgery. Maio says the patient remained in critical condition for an extended period of time. “He endured many setbacks, but after a month was stable enough to move to another facility for strengthening. Within a month, he was home!”
Maio says he is proud to be a part of a profession that is consistently ranked as one of the most trusted and respected at a national level. “I am equally proud to be part of a heart center that is the best in the region,” he says.
Maio has also been selected as a 2013 Cameo of Caring recipient. He will be honored by The University of Akron on October 19, as Mercy Medical Center's representative.
Congratulations Mercy Medical Center 2013 Clinical Excellence award winners!