Answering a calling...
At just 8 years of age, Joy found herself in the hospital to have her appendix removed. The impact of this first visit ended up being less about her surgery and more about the chance to meet the other patients in the small, rural Iowa hospital. Her mother found her one day not in her own room, but off making rounds and comforting the other patients on the floor. During that visit, she had discovered her calling – the caring for and comforting of others, as a nurse. She would spend her professional career in hospitals, healthcare organizations, and systems for the next 40 years leaving an impact in finding purpose in the sacred work of compassionate caring of people.
During her career, Joy has served as a staff and charge nurse on medical surgical units, the operating room, neonatal intensive care, and outpatient clinics; in leadership roles in education and professional development, and quality improvement; as a chief operating officer and chief nursing officer; and, as an educator in nursing leadership and interprofessional collaboration. She has worked in numerous organizations and several states.
Joy is looking forward to the privilege of serving her community by helping bring together community members and the healthcare district in the best interest of patients. Her passion is finding ways to give back to the community and her profession.