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National Nurses Week at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

Friday, May 16, 2014

National Nurses Week at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital

National Nurses Week was recognized at MBSH during the week of May 6-12, 2014.  Whether providing inpatient or outpatient care, or caring for patients outside of the hospital, nurses bring a unique set of skills to the job.  They are caregivers, educators, mentors, students and colleagues.  During National Nurses Week, nurses across BJC HealthCare shared why they chose their profession, the changes they’ve witnessed and the rewards they’ve found.  The common theme is that nursing is more than a profession – it’s a passion.

Two Nurses from Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital were included in a group of 33 nursing professionals who shared their compassion for their occupation in “BJC TODAY.” 

Jeanette Schriever, RN, graduated from Jewish School of Nursing in 1990.  She worked at various hospitals as a Critical Care Nurse as well as a Travel Nurse in California for 8-years.  Shortly after moving back to Missouri in 2010, she started working at MBSH as a CCU Nurse.  She said that she wanted a profession to make a difference in the lives of people.  She especially finds it rewarding to see her patients regain their health and loves working with nursing students to “grow” new nurses.

McKenzie Lathem, RN, graduated from East Central College in 2012.  Following clinicals at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, she chose to begin her career there.  She has been working in Med-Surg since that time and is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist University.  She loves working at the small rural hospital and making a difference in the lives of people in her home town. 

McKenzie shared that when she was a teenager, her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer.  She became a family caregiver then, and her family spent a lot of time at the hospital with him.  She was profoundly impressed with the care and compassion shown by the nurses during that time.  She wanted to be that loving and genuine in her life’s career and “pay it forward” in a sense to impact someone else’s life the way they did hers and that of her family.

“We have a great group of nurses at MBSH.  Each one lovingly and compassionately cares for our patients as if they are members of their own family” remarked Carmen Bartolotta, Chief Nursing Executive.

Pictured as the main article photo is McKenzie Lathem, RN.  Also pictured below is Jeanette Schriever, RN.