Nurse of the Month: Becky Gainer

Nurse of the Month: Becky Gainer

How did you first learn about Signallamp?

I was interested in remote positions for LPNs and stumbled across the job posting on Indeed.

What do you like the most about your job?

I like establishing good relationships with my patients. Through these relationships they become more receptive to listening during education for managing their chronic conditions and taking a proactive approach to their health.

What is the best career lesson you have learned so far?

Genuinely listening to your patients, providing them with encouragement and validation, this is one of the simplest gestures which can provide the biggest impact in patients being receptive to change.

Compared with day one, how has Signallamp grown?

In the 7 months I have been here, there has been a significant expansion on what the program can provide, as well as the multiple new offices we cover.

If you could select one co-worker to mentor you, who would you pick and why?

Honestly, I can’t pick just one. I have to pick two – Jaime Dalton and Erin Davis. They have been exceptionally helpful and kind since I started, and I can still go back to them for feedback. They are quick to answer questions and always provide honest answers.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

When I’m not working, I love to spend time outdoors or working on crafts. Most of my crafts include antique designs for floral arrangements with metal minnow buckets or old milk crates. It’s my way of being creative and having fun.

What is a fun fact about you many people may not know?

I love shopping for antiques and going all over the place looking for them, in all kinds of different venues. I especially like finding old glass bottles, but I’m really looking more for unusual shapes and colors.

Tell us about the craziest experience you have had with a patient:

After nearly 15 years as a nurse, I think I must have it tattooed on my forehead by now! Strangers strike up a conversation with me to tell me about their health concerns. Perhaps the most unexpected experience was at a music festival I go to yearly. Two consecutive years I ended up helping save people’s lives in the row directly in front of me. Next year I want front row seats so I can help save the life of some of my favorite artists like Incubus, No Doubt, or Thrice.

Share a success story from your time in CCM:

A patient of mine was educated on heart failure and she states she was unaware of her diagnosis and didn’t know what it meant. In addition to providing her with verbal education and instructions, I also mailed her education on signs and symptoms of CHF, as well as daily weights. By providing her with education on diagnosis management she has started to be a medication adherent, monitoring her diet and daily weights. She has also started exercising and is feeling better, both physically and mentally.