“It makes me a better nurse…” – Jim Hansen
“Why I Choose SageWest”
By James Hansen, ER Nurse with SageWest Healthcare
I started working here at SageWest (Lander Regional Hospital at the time), the first of July in 2012. I was driving to work and was greeted with the original Community Center burning to the ground. I thought, well… this should be an interesting little town. A few days later I was able to witness a Lander Fourth of July; an amazing experience that I am blessed to witness every year.
One of the things that I love about working here is the fact that I get to take care of people I know. This makes it a unique experience for an ER nurse. There are many places you can go in your career and never take care of the same patient again. In Lander, there are limited places of care. When you take care of a person, you develop a rapport with the patient and the family. It makes me a better nurse.
SageWest is unique, in that I am responsible for my patients and are driven to be more independent. By this, I have to start my own IV’s as there is not a separate team to start them. I get my own medications because there is not a Pharmacy tech to prepare my meds. We answer every call and we walk our patients. All this makes you a better nurse.
The ER is a great place to work. You get to experience everything from an earache on a 2 year old, to a multi-patient trauma, and everything in between. We are most likely the first people patients see when they come to the hospital. We may also be the last ones they see before they are released home. The ER can set the tone for the entire hospital visit.
I wanted to work in Lander because I was raised in Farson. I loved the area and wanted to return to the mountains and the people. This is my home.
I am a hunter and outdoor enthusiast. I camp, fish, snowshoe and hike. I am a member of the Masonic Lodge here in lander (first and oldest lodge in Wyoming). My girlfriend is a nursing student at CWC and also works for SageWest. My son is a student at the Lander High School. My parents moved here shortly after me, as they fell in love with Lander as much as I did. This area, job and hospital are perfect for me and my lifestyle.
I Choose SageWest because…
I am able to take care of my neighbors, friends, and people of this community.