When you think of healthcare professionals, you likely think of doctors and nurses, but here at NeoPath, our Healthcare Heroes go beyond just our clinicians. Our clinics and operations wouldn’t be what they are without our receptionists, medical assistants, and support staff that ensures everything runs smoothly.
NeoPath Healthcare Heroes is a way for us to recognize ALL of our healthcare professionals and say thank you to the heroes that sometimes go unthanked- the ones who ensure patients get the care and attention they need and deserve. Healthcare and NeoPath wouldn’t be the same without them!
This month’s honoree is Robyn G! Robyn is a Registered Nurse at our Prairie Island Health Center and has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years. She’s cared for patients in a variety of units, including dermatology, transitional care, dementia and dialysis.
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Robyn’s original plan was to become a paralegal. But when she was 19, she found out she was pregnant and made the decision to stop pursuing paralegal school. “I decided to take a break and get used to my ‘new’ life being a mom.”
When her son was just six weeks old, he became very sick. A trip to Urgent Care revealed he had respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Robyn found herself scared and heartbroken because she had no idea just how sick he indeed was. “Taking care of him, and seeing his progression, made me realize how much joy I find in taking care of others.”
Robyn returned to college, changed to a nursing degree and never looked back. “It took me six years to complete my RN as a single mother, but I did it!” We’re so glad you did, Robyn.
The Best Part of Robyn’s Job
We asked Robyn if she could name one thing she considers the best part of her job. She picked two. She enjoys helping patients with their health goals and developing trusting relationships with them.
Robyn likes getting to know her patients on a personal level. She believes they can feel her genuine interest in them as individuals. They know they’re not just another patient. Robyn said, “I love when a patient makes changes, sees their progress and is happy with themselves for bettering their health.” We agree, Robyn, there’s no better feeling.
Robyn’s Real-Life Hero
When asked about her real-life hero, Robyn said she believes everyone has a hero quality within them. And her parents have been her heroes for as long as she can remember. Robyn appreciates how they raised her and her siblings into morally strong, compassionate and empathetic people. Her parents also supported Robyn through all of her accomplishments. “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.”
Robyn’s Dad used to tell her that if you don’t enjoy your work, you don’t enjoy your life. He encouraged her to do what she loves, and she took that advice to heart. She told us, “I love what I do, and I feel it shows in my personality.” We can assure you that it does, Robyn!
Congratulations, Robyn. We can’t thank you enough for all that you do for patients, your team, and healthcare as a whole. Thanks for being our real-life hero!