SCHHC Clinical Worker of the Month is Laura Dillard in Surgical Services | Bandon Western World

BANDON — Laura Dillard is a Registered Nurse and Certified Perioperative Nurse in the Department of Surgical Services at Southern Coos Hospital. She has been at SCHHC for 17 years, since January 2005.

Laura was chosen as SCHHC’s Clinical Employee of the Month for April, in part because “she embodies all the qualities of the hospital’s mission, vision and values,” according to her nomination.

“She is committed to providing high quality patient care,” the appointment said. Her patients always feel pampered when Laura takes care of them. Whenever there is a downtime, Laura gladly assists other departments, offering help without being asked. »

Laura can be seen helping out at CHHC community events such as the drive-thru vaccination clinic and COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

“Laura demonstrates the highest quality of care and creates a teamwork environment. She has been a guiding star of the highest principles and standards for all RNs in the operations department. She is truly an asset for our hospital and our community,” concludes his appointment.

She came to the profession later in life, after her two children graduated from high school. She started working in medical records as a transcriptionist and that’s how she paid for her nursing education. She earned her nursing degree from Southwestern Oregon Community College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Oregon Health Sciences University.

Laura worked at Coquille Valley Hospital for nearly eight years before coming to CHHC.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and during my nursing studies I became interested in the operating room,” she said. “I felt like that was where I wanted to be.”

Her work at SCHHC includes preoperative preparation of patients for their surgeries. Much of this involves teaching the patient what the surgery or procedure entails, listening to their concerns and being there to help, and then waking them up afterwards. Operating room nurses always give patients a follow-up call the next day to see how they are doing.

“I’m the patient advocate when they’re under the weight and can’t speak for themselves,” Laura said. “I make sure they’re okay and that all the equipment is working and sterile. We also help with anesthesia inductions – we are like the surgeon’s right arm.

What Laura loves about her job are the people and patients she helps, and the wonderful people she works with.

“We are kind of a family,” she says. “We look after each other and the patients. Some are grumpy but we do our best to make it a pleasant experience and ease their anxiety.

Laura lives in Shell. She has a son who also lives in Coquille and a daughter who lives in Corvallis and is the mother of her three teenage grandsons.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys tending to her 11 acres and mountain biking around the property with her Chihuahua. She raises chickens (and barters with their eggs), enjoys gardening and quilting, among other hobbies. She has just started a class through the OSU extension service on beekeeping.

Christine E. Phillips