Friday, December 4, 2015

Virginia Nurses Association Honors Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Nurse

Rebecca Myers, RN
   Rebecca Myers, nurse care manager at Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, said she has always had a passion for nursing. It shows.
   She earned her BSN in 2008, her MSN (in health systems management, with a certificate in nursing education) in 2011, and is working toward a post-masters certificate to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She says she loves learning and enjoys being on the forefront of evidence-based practice and research. “It’s so important to stay current.”
   Rebecca also is an adjunct teacher on the nursing faculty at Shenandoah University.
   On November 21, she was honored with a 40 Under 40 award from the Virginia Nurses Association for her leadership and positive impact on nursing. Forty nurses under 40 years old were chosen.
   Rebecca is 29 years old, and has known she wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. Her mom, aunt and grandmother were all certified nursing assistants. “I think my grandmother had the biggest influence on me. When I was 5 or 6 years old, she would take me with her when she went to the homes of people in need, bringing food and offering comfort. We visited nursing homes together. She taught me to treat people with respect, to give freely to those in need, and to always leave a place better than you found it. She died in 2009, but I carry her spirit with me.”
   Rebecca says that when she has a sticky problem, she will ask herself, “What would grandma do?”
   As a nurse care manager at FHRNC, Rebecca manages residents’ care plans, helps with staff education, and acts as an advocate for residents. Although she has enjoyed working in acute care facilities, she says she treasures the long-term relationships she is able to develop with residents.
   As a teacher and mentor to young nursing students since 2011, Rebecca says, “I work with nursing students who are at the very beginning of their training, during their first clinical experience. I get to break ground with them, and see their progression. I get to be there when they have those ‘Aha’ moments.”
   Rebecca’s own mentor wrote the nomination for the 40 Under 40 award. Rebecca says, “She was someone who watched me grow as a student, to become her manager. She was my teacher, my mentor, my coach, my go-to person for my nursing career.”
   The award is a major accomplishment, but was completely unexpected. “I was very surprised to get the letter. It was so nice to know that someone noticed I was making a difference. I’ve always been a cheerleader for other people. It was nice for me to have a cheerleader in my corner.”