Vickie Bessey MSN, RN
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, SageWest Health Care, Riverton, WY
Though the community she serves is small, the impact Nurse Vickie Bessey makes is big — from helping patients during a devastating flood to mentoring new nurses in the hospital.
Like many nurses in small community hospitals, Vickie Bessey isn’t afraid to take on new challenges and become versatile in many different aspects of the medical profession.
In May 2016, the hospital in Lander experienced a massive flood and needed to evacuate its patients. Vickie received the call on a Saturday morning and immediately went to the hospital where she, along with several of her co-workers and emergency responders, witnessed the seriousness of the damage. Vickie spent many hours, along with her colleagues, managing the transfer of patients to other hospitals, checking in to make sure all patients were safe, and working with her teammates to prevent any further damage to the hospital. She worked with other health care professionals across two SageWest locations to ensure the best care for their patients was delivered.
“I was proud to be part of a team of dedicated employees who reduced the effects of the disaster and remained on site until things were under control.”
Vickie is the embodiment of a lifelong learner, having recently obtained a Master of Science in Nursing. She is proud that SageWest Health Care is able to implement the latest technology, such as the recent installation of an MRI on the Riverton campus, which will help to support the local physicians and allow patients access to this type of imaging service.
She’s a natural-born leader who led the development and implementation of an orientation program for new nurses entering the field; this included group activities, self-study, and evidence-based practices that promote quality care. She has a strong commitment to mentoring new members of her staff; her hope is each one will be inspired by her love for the profession and dedicated work ethic.
“At the end of the day, I want to make a difference and have a positive impact with the people I encounter, whether patients or healthcare providers,” Vickie says. “I feel nursing, as well as leadership, have been my God-given callings, and I want to be able to effectively use the gifts I have been given.”
Thank you Vickie for your strength, leadership, and commitment to quality care!
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