Cardiac Rehab nurse Brenda Wilson says she knew she wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a little girl. She found a passion for treating heart patients in her first cardiology nursing rotation. She has a family history of heart disease, so she was able to empathize on a deep level with her patients.
After going to nursing school in Springfield, Missouri, she worked in cardiac critical care for 11 ½ years before her family moved to Columbia for her husband’s job. She then started working at Boone Hospital Center in cardiac rehab. That was 28 years ago, and she has been here ever since. She also provides diabetes education though WELLAWARE – another topic that is close to her heart because of her family history. Recently, Brenda has added more community screenings and events – you never know where she’s going to show up next!
Brenda says she loves to develop relationships with her patients and works hard to help improve the quality of their lives.
“Being able to celebrate with a patient about losing weight, getting off blood pressure medication, feeling strong enough to make a trip they thought they couldn’t, or getting their blood sugar down makes every day different, exciting and worth it!” says Brenda.
Brenda’s nominator says, “Brenda always brings a wonderful positive energy to both her patients and coworkers. Brenda is the type of educator and coworker that I aspire to be.”
Her supervisor says, “Brenda is an excellent educator and mentor. Patients love her because she takes time with them, getting to know them and trying to understand their needs. She has always been a great mentor for all the new educators in the office, including myself, as she if full of cardiac and diabetes-related knowledge and experience.”
When Brenda is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, their sons, Christopher and Nick, and their wives, as well as entertaining family and friends. Her church family is an extension of her family, and she savors the opportunity to serve with them and for them.
Brenda also enjoys cooking healthy recipes and doing Pilates and yoga. She and Mark love to travel and specifically love to travel to places where they can learn about history. She also has a joy of home improvement, especially when someone else can help with the work.