WMC honors nurses during National Nurses Week
Marie Schneberger has served as a nurse since 1976, when she graduated from Area One (now known as Northeast Iowa Community College) with an associate degree in nursing (ADN). In the past 42 years, her experiences have shaped her career, and have shaped her as a person. During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, Schneberger reflects on what drew her into her career. She says, “My dad had a farm accident when I was very young, which cost him the use of his right arm. From that moment on, I became his right hand to help him live as normally as possible. I think this early experience is what opened my eyes to a life-time of nursing.” Over the years, Schneberger has noticed how nursing trends tend to be cyclical. She says, “For those of us who have been nurses for years, we’ve noticed trends in nursing seem to come and go, and then cycle around again. I see technology only growing, however. The application of technology may change, but it will be a constant in the profession going forward.”
Schneberger’s advice for new graduates is to find their niche within the profession. She says, “Some nurses have the right personality for clinic nursing; others are more suited for home care or emergency. Still others have interest in technology. There are endless opportunities within the field of nursing.”
In honor of the dedication, commitment, and tireless effort of the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide to promote and maintain the health of this nation, the American Nurses Association and Winneshiek Medical Center are proud to recognize nurses everywhere for the quality work they provide seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Brittany Hudson entered the nursing field in 2017, after graduating from Allen College in December with a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree. Hudson says, “Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to become a nurse. I played nursing with my dolls, and had my two younger sisters as my “live” patients. Whenever they got hurt I was right there at the scene to care for them.” Hudson shadowed various health care departments during her senior year of high school, those including: nursing, lab, X-ray, physical therapy and chiropractic services. After those experiences Hudson states she knew nursing was her calling.
“I thoroughly enjoy the overall spectrum of patient interaction I get at Winneshiek Medical Center. Not only do we see hospitalized patients, but we also get to see skilled, therapy, post-surgical, pediatric and hospice patients,” says Hudson. “I appreciate the opportunity of being able to use my talent and skills learned through my education and previous employment.”
At Winneshiek Medical Center nursing staff, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified medical assistants, certified nurse assistants and advanced nurse practitioners, comprise 33% of the workforce. Nurses are present in: Winneshiek Medical Center Clinic, Obstetrics, Med-Surg, Surgery, Same Day Services, Emergency Room, Urgent Care, Cardiac Rehab, Diabetes Education, Quality Management, Staff Education, Infection Control, Home Health, Hospice and Administration.
Ashley Wilker, RN, graduate from Northeast Iowa Community College, joined Winneshiek Medical Center Decorah Clinic in 2013, as a clinic nurse after being a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Northgate Care Center in Waukon, IA. Wilker shares, “The joy of helping people as a CNA enlightened me to pursue the nursing career, and I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing. As a clinic nurse, I love the diversity of patients, finding out what their needs are and helping them heal in the moment,” says Wilker.
If a Winneshiek Medical Center nurse has made a difference in your life, consider honoring that nurse through a donation to the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation. Call 563-387-3129 to learn more about giving opportunities or visit www.winmedical.org/giving.