When Nicole Herr was in high school, her 2-year-old niece was diagnosed with leukemia. “I remember the call at school, what I was wearing, what they said, how defeated I felt. I knew at that moment that I was going to be nurse and I was going to help people in any way that I could,” she said. Herr became a registered nurse and currently is charge nurse in the Surgical Unit of Trinity Hospital, where she supervises staff and collaborates with providers and case managers to meet patient needs.
Throughout her 18-year career, Herr has worked in different departments, such as the Operating Room (OR) and Post Anesthesia Control Unit (PACU), where she advanced her nursing skills. After a brief stint behind a desk, she realized her “heart was in patient care,” so she moved to the clinic setting.
Herr returned to Trinity Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic when healthcare was at its most vulnerable. “I enjoyed being in a fast-paced environment and decided to stay at the hospital after the need for clinic nurses wound down,” she said. “It is nice to see many changes at the hospital since I left—changes for the good.”