Sharilyn is committed to a warm learning environment, and you can tell she really does enjoy what she does. - Nominator comment
As a clinical educator, Sharilyn trains new employees and provides current employees with ongoing clinical education and professional development.
“I get to use my knowledge as a nurse and support the staff to help empower them to provide the best care possible,” she says.
Sharilyn also coordinates a mentoring program to support new graduate nurses. The program connects each new nurse to an experienced nurse in another department, so they can share their concerns and feelings with someone who understands and remembers starting out.
“This job is part science and part art, but a lot of it is about relationships,” Sharilyn says.
Growing up as the youngest of five children, Sharilyn was surrounded by nurses. “My mom’s a nurse, my sister’s a nurse, my sisters-in-law,” she says.
She found she, too, was drawn to the profession: “I really am a people person. And I love science. And I love learning. And nursing has all of those qualities.”
Sharilyn earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Missouri, where she also completed her Masters in Nursing Education.
Sharilyn has over twenty years of service, combined, with Boone Hospital Center. She first joined as a cardiac cath lab nurse in 1992 and later worked in admissions and the hospital’s recovery unit. She says she fell in love with the culture.
In 2011, Sharilyn pursued opportunities elsewhere, but continued to work as a flex nurse and still regarded Boone Hospital as home, “I may have worked other places, but all those years, Boone’s been my hospital. It’s where my heart is.”
Sharilyn says, “Being a Boone nurse feels family-like and less institutional. We strive to provide excellent care to our patients and families, but we also provide care to each other as we work.”
In 2013, Sharilyn received a call about an opening in Boone Hospital’s training and development department. She says she couldn’t resist: “I’d always admired the training and development team and thought it’d be a great team to join some day. I had to come back.”
Sharilyn describes the training and development team as “a great group of hard-working people who also know how have to fun.”
She says she thrives on the constant changes in her field and likes that there’s always something new to teach staff.
“I love teaching. My best day is always one I’ve spent teaching and being with staff. When I go home, my feet may be tired, but the rest of me is exhilarated!”
When she’s not teaching, Sharilyn enjoys spending time her husband Matt and three daughters, Natalie, Molly and Audrey. Sharilyn also loves riding her bicycle on the MKT and Katy Trails.
When asked what she likes best about working at Boone Hospital Center, Sharilyn says, “I’m really proud of the excellent care we give to our community. I’m proud to be associated with something that amazing.”
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