is employee of the month
The December Employee of the Month at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics is Lorraine Nuxoll, LPN. She was first hired after graduation from high school working nine hours a day, six days a week. At that time SMH was Our Lady of Consolation Hospital. “My brother used to drop me off and pick me up. He had a car, but worked a ten hour day so I would spend that last hour just waiting for him. I don’t know why I didn’t just walk home,” she laughed.
After working for a while she was asked if she would be interested in joining seven other nursing students in the onsite nursing school taught by the Sisters from the Monastery. “It was a perfect opportunity for me. I have always loved nursing, so it was lucky I had the chance to earn a diploma in a field I cared about.”
However, after nursing school she took a 25 year break to raise eight children. She was then hired at SMH as a surgical nurse in 1978 working with Dr. Maurice Masar for 20 years. After his retirement in 2002 she became a nurse at the Cottonwood Clinic. She currently works part time filling in whenever needed in each of the SMH satellite clinics.
“I love the people I work with. Everyone has always been very kind to me and St. Mary’s is a great place to work,” said Lorraine. She plans on cutting back a bit more, but says she will still be available even after her upcoming retirement. “It’s hard to leave because I enjoy the patients and enjoy being part of the team that takes care of their health.”
One of the customer service team members who helped select Lorraine as Employee of the Month said, “If Lorraine hears about a patient who has a hard time driving to our clinic, but needs a vaccination or other type of shot, she just gets in her car and goes to their house to make sure they get what they need.”
One of Lorraine’s nomination forms said, “Lorraine embodies the very essence of what we want our customers and employees to show…there has never been a time that she has said ‘no’ to a duty asked of her….she has come in at the drop of a hat to help whenever another nurse calls in sick…she is so kind to all of the patients when she gives them injections, asking about their families and their wellbeing and showing them such compassion…I’ve known patients who call to find out when she is working and schedule their appointments based on when she’ll be there…she makes sure the other nurses have what they need to get their patients in the exam rooms, lessening their daily work however she can….Lorraine always has the attitude that every day is a good one…I would love to clone her positive attitude.”
Lorraine was born and raised in Cottonwood. She and her husband, Bart, farm in the Keuterville area. For the past ten years they have made an annual trip somewhere in the U.S. with many of their children. This year’s trip is to Nashville, Tennessee.