St. Thomas Hospital names Trigg woman nurse of year
by Alan Reed
May 28, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
St. Thomas Hospital of Nashville recognized Nurse and Admission Coordinator Rhonda Hancock as its Professional Nurse of the Year three weeks ago.

A resident of Trigg County, Hancock said that she commutes once a week staying with her son during her workweek. “It’s about 180 miles per week. Other people drive that much if they work in Hopkinsville.”

As an admission coordinator, Hancock said that her duties include communicating with smaller hospitals to facilitate transfers. “I make sure patients get a doctor and a bed. If they are being admitted from the emergency room, I make sure they get to the proper floor and have a room.”

Hancock said that she began working with St. Thomas in 1984 and has worked “all over” the hospital.

“We see quite a few major emergencies, about three or four on the average day,” said Hancock. “We don’t see trauma, as those patients are seen at Vanderbilt or Baptist Hospital. We’re known for our heart center. St. Thomas performed the first heart transplant in Tennessee a few years ago. We also have some other departments like neurology and orthopedics.”

Hancock said that her day begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 7 in the morning. “It’s pretty rowdy when I first get there, but then it quiets down. I do most of my work on a computer, like making sure rooms get cleaned. I may have to direct housekeeping if a room is needed right away. As patients come in, I make take vital signs and make sure patients get to where they need to go. I see receive reports from other hospitals.”

To practice her nursing skills, she said that she often assists with patients by drawing blood or starting IV’s. “Since I used to work in urology, sometimes I help there. I get to travel around in the hospital and don’t always have to sit in a chair. It gets old, but I love my job.”

Hancock praised her supervisor Jeanine Morehead as the “best boss in the world” for allowing her and a colleague to rotate days on and off the job, with a full week off and covering the desk on Sundays. “No one will say who nominated me for this award, but I have a feeling she had something to do with it.”

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