Three Good Samaritan RNs share thoughts on nursing education
Nursing isn’t a job. It’s a passion, a calling. It’s a mission to impact the lives of individuals and health of communities by providing compassionate and patient-centered care. For nearly a century, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has honored nurses by dedicating significant resources toward the education, training and development of one of health care’s most valuable professions.
Shortly after its founding in 1911, Arizona Deaconess Hospital and Home – now Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center – developed a formal nurse training program called the Deaconess School of Nursing. This program served as the educational and training foundation for more than a thousand skilled nursing professionals.
Sherry Evans, RN, a member of Banner Good Samaritan’s nursing staff since graduating from the nursing program in 1971, knows firsthand the benefits of the extensive education and training the program provides.
“Without question, the clinical experiences made me a better nurse,” she recalls.
When Evans graduated she brimmed with confidence in her nursing abilities – abilities that have been nurtured throughout her career.
Whether preparing future nurses or facilitating the growth of experienced caregivers, Banner Good Samaritan’s commitment to education is a cornerstone for cultivating a nursing community devoted to evidence-based, patient-centered care.
“The dedication toward education, orientation and professional development is phenomenal and unlike many other facilities,” Evans said, who now serves as a nurse educator in the hospital.
This devotion to supporting the educational and developmental needs of nurses has likely influenced the organization’s ability to avoid the high nurse turnover rates that have plagued hospitals across the nation.
“There’s a lot of longevity among nurses here, which has resulted in a very collaborative culture, not only within but across departments,” said Kerry Montefour, RN, a senior infection preventionist and 1973 graduate of the nursing program.
Experienced nurses at Banner Good Samaritan are also integrally involved in the growth of new generations of nurses, said Debbie Carter, RN, who also graduated from the nurse training program in 1973.
“We get to participate in the education and development of other nurses,” Carter boasts. “It’s wonderful to watch people that I hired as nursing assistants becoming managers and running departments.”
Evans, Montefour and Carter have nearly 100 years of combined nursing experience at Banner Good Samaritan, and when asked, they couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.