by Vickie Jenkins, Staff Writer
Summit Medical Center is a hospital in Edmond, OK designed to provide individual, quality care for inpatient and for patients undergoing surgical procedures.
Meet Jen Wu, RN, one of the many excellent nurses at Summit Medical Center. Jen is an outgoing nurse that cares for the patients with a genuine, loving heart. Attending Oklahoma City University, Jen has been a nurse for six years. Graduating in August of 2019, she is now a Nurse Practitioner.
Asking Jen why she is a nurse and why she likes working at Summit Medical Center, she replied, “Nursing is actually my second degree. My first one was in business and communication, but I realized that the business world wasn’t what I wanted to do. I have always been interested in the human body. I like helping people so I thought I would satisfy both of my passions; studying the body and how it works and helping people. I combined the two and I went into nursing; I felt like nursing was my calling. I like working here at Summit Medical Center because everyone here is treated like family. We are very close and there is a genuine love and sense of belonging. We have such powerful team work,” she added.
What qualities make a good nurse? “I think a nurse definitely needs to be a good listener. They need to have good assessment skills and be flexible. Also, I think it is important for a nurse to be able to multi-task, prioritizing her duties,” Jen answered.
Growing up on a farm in Nebraska was quite a change for Jen when she came to Oklahoma. When I found out that we were going to be moving to Oklahoma due to my husband’s job, I was not thrilled! I remember moving on the hottest day of the year for Oklahoma in 2011. All I could picture was the red dirt and a little hick town. It didn’t take long for me to realize how wrong I was. Even though my husband and I have lived several places, we consider Oklahoma our HOME.”
Jen said that her most rewarding thing about her job is the fact that she knows what a difference she makes in others’ lives. “There is no greater feeling than to get a thank you or a compliment from the patient. It does my heart good.”
When it comes to relating to the patients, Jen treats each one of them with respect. “One of the first things I do is listen to them; really paying attention to what they are saying. I make sure never to rush them, taking that extra minute to make sure they are comfortable. One of the most important things that I have learned that I tell the other nurses, never leave a patient’s room without asking, is there anything else I can do for you? It makes such a big difference,” Jen said.
Jen is motivated by knowing that she is the nurse and it is her responsibility to take care of that patient, making sure they are treated with the best of care. “I ask myself, if this patient were my mom or dad, how would I want them to be treated? My motivation is setting my daily goal of treating each patient as if they were family,” she said.
“When I was little, I actually wanted to be a marine biologist, just so I could be around dolphins all the time,” Jen laughed. “I never really thought about going into the medical field until I got older. I like helping people and I find myself looking at each patient as a puzzle; trying to figure out what the underlying problem is. I like to be in control; as in nurse and my patient,” she said. “My mom kept me going with encouragement along the way and I am thankful she did. Nursing is definitely my calling,” she added.
Jen is married and they have a two-year old. Other than spending time with her family, Jen likes to read, enjoys cycling and outdoor outings and likes watching Kansas City football. “I am an energetic person, a bit of a jokester, yet, full of compassion,” she said with a smile. “I also have a dog, Hayden, and my husband has a cat, Waffles,” she said. “I prefer MY dog, Hayden,” she laughed.
Asking Jen to sum up her life in one word. “With a quick answer, she replied, “POSITIVE.”
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