Our employees come from different backgrounds and have a variety of experiences, education and training to draw from. But there is one thing that binds them together: their commitment and passion to help each person who comes to us for care. In this issue of our community newsletter, we are highlighting Pat Wagner, a registered nurse who has worked at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for 21 years. We hope you enjoy getting to know a little about Pat and what inspires her to provide great care to our patients.
Registered Nurse, Infusion Center (Cancer Center)
Oncology Nurse at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: 21 Years
What inspired you to go into your particular field of care?
I didn’t choose oncology, oncology chose me! Betty Siltzer, RN, along with a few other nurse managers, interviewed me when I first started nursing. Betty said, “You are an oncology nurse, and you need to be you and just do it.” I’ve never looked back!
What do you like about working at the Cancer Center?
I started the Infusion Center with a one-room, four-chair department. I feel like this is my “baby.” I look around at what we have now and am just so proud that I was a part of helping us get here.
Who is your role model and why?
When I had breast cancer, my oncology nurse was Carol Tafoya. Every time I was at the clinic, Carol made me feel like I was the center of her day. My wants and needs seemed to be the most important thing to her. I decided then and there that I wanted to be a nurse like Carol.
Two years after that, I was teaching a religion class at my church, and the students asked me what I did for a living. I explained what I did and elaborated on how I felt about nursing. There was a young lady there who was waiting for her brother that I didn’t notice at the time.
A few years later, I ran into her and asked how she was doing. She told me that she was in nursing school because she wanted to be a nurse like me. It was such an awe-inspiring moment to realize that I had been a role model to this young lady, just as Carol Tafoya had been for me. Every day when I go to work, I think about the fact that I need to be the best nurse possible so that I can live up to the expectations of that young girl!
What keeps you motivated to do what you do, day in and day out?
I hope that every day at work I can make a difference in someone’s life. Maybe make it a little brighter, a little happier—or just be there to lend an ear.