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Thanks for working here Thursday: Myra L. Deobald, BSN, RN, CPAN, Pre-Anesthesia Testing

Thanks for working here Thursday: Myra L. Deobald, BSN, RN, CPAN, Pre-Anesthesia Testing

Campbell County Health is proud of its employees, and we want the CCH family and the Campbell County community to know about the good work that they do for this organization.

Say hello to Myra L. Deobald, BSN, RN, CPAN, who is a pre-anesthesia testing nurse in the Campbell County Memorial Hospital Surgical Services Department. Myra earned her Associate of Applied Science & Associate of Science at Gillette College; she later went on to earn her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Wyoming. She’s a certified perianesthesia nurse from the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing, and is certified and a certified instructor of Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Myra has worked in healthcare for more than 21 years, and started working at CCMH in March 1996, left for a while in 2004, and then returned in October 2007. She has worked in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Medical-Surgical Unit, OSTS, and Powder River Surgery Center.

Myra often found herself caring for others who were sick, and she really enjoyed math and science when she was in school. When she was 28, and her two children were entering school, she started to look for an occupation that would utilize her gifts and talents. “The first person I cared for was my grandmother, who at the age of 47 had a stroke leaving her paralyzed on the left side, and having her right arm amputated at the elbow. I often cared for her when she was in our home to visit or we visited her prior to her going into a nursing home,” says Myra.

Myra thought back on who her health care heroes were, and she named two: Deb McMurtry, RN, and Gail Graham, RN. “Deb is a nurse who loves what she does and takes good care of her patients; she was also good to me as a new nurse,” says Myra. “Gail worked side by side with us when we were short staffed, and managed with compassion. She would encourage when needed or set you straight just a quickly when you were not doing things right. They are the ones that set high standards of compassion and professionalism.”

Outside of work, Myra enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. “I love seeing my grandsons grow up; they are the icing on the cake,” she says. Myra also enjoys camping, spending time with friends, sewing, photography, and listening to music.

We asked Myra what she likes most about working for CCH, and what excellence every day means to her. Check out her response:

“What makes me feel the most pride in my work at CCH is when I am able to make sure that a patient is able to have a safe surgery and understand what is going to happen to them in their experience. When a patient notices that you as a nurse are trying to do the best for them even when they do not like the answer. I desire to care for patients to make sure that they are first and foremost safe and have a good outcome. I also like being able to work with the various professionals throughout our community, state and region. I like being able to use my experience to make a difference. CCH works hard to keep up to date on staff education and equipment so we as healthcare professionals can provide the best care available. I have outstanding medical professionals to work alongside me. I also like being able to connect with the patients and make a difference in their lives.

Excellence Every Day means that when I show up to work, I take care of my patients as though they were my family. In doing that, I will ensure that I do everything in my power to make sure that my patients have the best outcome. I have had family members that did not get that benefit and the outcome was not good. I take my job seriously and I love what I do.”

Thank you, Myra for your dedication to CCH. We are proud to have you on our team.

Is there a CCH employee who went the extra mile or shows you extraordinary service? Give them a pat on the back by completing an Excellence Every Day card.