For many Boone Hospital Center nurses, caring extends beyond the campus and into the communities in which we live, with a holistic approach to caring for the mental, physical, psychological and spiritual needs of our current and future patients. Through involvement in faith-based and community programs, nurses serve as advocates, mentors and caring partners for those in need.
Oncology nurses participate annually in the “Relay for Life” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Nurses contributed to Boone Hospital Center’s Diamond Sponsorship by planning and manning the booth, participating in the walk, selling luminaries and providing gift baskets for a silent auction.
The 2014 Boone Hospital Center Relay for Life Team included nurses and friends from Oncology, Stewart Cancer Center, Oncology Data Services and Environmental Services: Ashley Johnston RN, Ruth Samuel, Andrea Fansler RN, Dorreen Rardin RN, Wendy Sanders, Jennifer Harrison RN, Jeanie Shaneberger, Mung Chin RN, & June Nelson
WELLAWARE Health Education Information Specialist Pam Jones BSN RN conducts diabetes screening at the Diabetes Fair using a portable hemoglobin A1C device. She then discusses results and provides diabetes education to community members who visit the Know Your Numbers mobile health unit at the fair.
Our Know Your Numbers mobile health unit made over 62 visits to provide free community screenings in our 25-county service area in 2014. These screenings including cholesterol, blood glucose and body composition, as well as total body skin examinations for skin cancer. Of those who received a skin cancer screening in 2014, 29% received a recommendation for physician follow-up.
Sometimes our outreach brings the communities we serve into the hospital for health fairs which include gifts, education, massages and a variety of free screenings. Among the 38 health fairs held at the hospital in 2014 were the Heart Fair and Boone Hospital Center’s inaugural Cancer Prevention Fair, which was attended by over 125 people.
The annual Intensive Care Nursery Reunion provides a venue for former patients, their families and nurses to reconnect and collectively celebrate the successes in growth and development of our “Boone Babies.” The gathering provides a means for families to share experiences and develop support systems while the kids enjoy games and prizes.
Pictured (L-R): Stacie Barker RN, Carrie Plybon, Erin Wegner, Boone Hospital Volunteen Anna Parker, Laura Noren RN, Cheryl Rowland RN, Shari Barnes RN, Pam Harris RN, Jamie Neu RN, Meghan Frank RN