The pandemic has put pressure on local health care providers, so much so that Moab Regional Hospital recently began a Nurse of the Month program. The inaugural award winner is Scott Brockmeier, who has been a nurse for 11 years. He came to Moab last August.
Nurse Manager Annie Relph said the hospital wanted to recognize nurses and allow nurses to recognize each other. “I wanted the process to be simple and something the nurses wanted to get involved in,” said Relph.
“My initial reaction to being named nurse of the month was disbelief,” said Brockmeier. “I’ve been a nurse for 10-plus years and have never been recognized this way. One thing that I’ve been so pleasantly surprised by working at MRH is the personal notes and recognition that come from the very top of administration.
“This facility, to me, really does have a family feel to it, especially compared to the 50-plus bed hospitals that I’ve worked in most of my career,” he continued. “Most of my career I’ve worked in critical care, so starting here at MRH in August of ‘19 was a big adjustment for me, but I have really enjoyed it. I find the relationships between staff and patients so much more personal here than other, larger facilities.”
To let Brockmeier know he had been selected, Relph sent him a congratulatory email, saying: “I wanted to let you know you have received the Nurse of the Month award for the month of June. You were nominated by your fellow nurses. You have been a great mentor to some of the nurses you work with and are always willing to help. You have provided ideas and solutions as problems occur. We are so appreciative of you and your hard work here at MRH. Thank you for being an instrumental part of this organization!”
Brockmeier was selected for many admirable reasons. Relph continued, “Scott is a great mentor, problem solver and a positive person. He cares greatly about his patients and spends time with the younger nurses to help them grow in their career.”
Brockmeier agreed, saying, “Regarding why I was awarded this honor I have to guess, but in some of the nice notes I’ve received I’ve been told that my interactions with staff and patients have demonstrated respect and compassion. I really do care about my patients and I guess it shows through. Also, there are a number of newer and younger nurses working on the med-surg floor and I’ve tried to set a good example and be a mentor and teacher remembering how much I learned from working with experienced nurses when I was starting my career.”
Aside from the efforts he has put into the hospital, Brockmeier has many other hobbies, most that mesh well with the Moab lifestyle. When asked what he likes to do when he’s not working, he said, “Anything outside. Running, climbing, biking, hiking, backpacking.”