"Mika walks into Boone each morning dedicated to her patients and their care." -- nominator comment
Mika Schrimpf says nursing is her calling. She says it’s an honor to serve her patients during their hardest moments, and she will always put them first.
As an example of Mika putting her patients first, when she was announced as employee of the month, all medical specialties staff were called to the front of the department, but Mika was in the middle of a dressing change and did not rush, making sure her patient was comfortable and taken care of.
“I’m probably the first employee of the month to be late to their own announcement,” jokes Mika.
She says she couldn’t help but tear up when her name was announced.
“I work with the best team in the world. It feels so special for them to honor me,” says Mika.
Mika received an undergrad in biochemistry and minors in math and physics before going on to nursing school. While in nursing school, she came to Boone Hospital Center as a patient, then decided this was where she wanted to work.
“I received such wonderful care here. I knew this was a very special place,” says Mika.
Mika came to Boone almost three years ago as a new graduate nurse and is now a charge nurse. She has also been elected by her peers to several hospital leadership positions.
On the medical specialties unit, Mika is known for her passion. “People always comment how focused I am, but I feel I owe that to my patients. I want them to know I am working hard for them, and they have my full attention and support,” she says.
Mika’s nominator says, “Mika has been an absolute wonder to watch grow in her career here at Boone. She impresses physicians with her dedication and by advocating for her patients. Mika walks into Boone each morning dedicated to her patients and their care. She has come in early, stayed late, and comes in on days off to make sure that patients are well cared for. Mika doesn't even have to try to make that connection with her patients, she just naturally does.”
Her nominator also shared this story:
“I recently had a man come to medical specialties, and when I asked him what I could help him with he told me ‘I am looking for a nurse, she is small with colored hair.’ He proceeded to tell me that he truly believed that Mika saved his life. He had come into the hospital with a severe GI bleed and was, as you can imagine, very scared and nervous. Mika sat with him and held his hand and talked with him to assure him that he was in the best hands and would be taken care of and she would see to it. Of all the staff that had taken care of this patient, it was Mika that had made that crucial connection that allowed this patient peace of mind.”
Mika lives in Jefferson City with her husband of 20 years, Spencer, and their three children. When she’s not at work, she enjoys listening to live music, watching comic movies, and supporting her children’s sports activities.
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