Kelly West, R.N., has been appointed as the new nurse manager of Rome Memorial Hospital’s emergency department.
"Kelly’s appointment was based upon her excellent communication and leadership skills, clinical expertise and desire to improve and advance the development of the emergency department patient care staff," said Emergency Department Director Loretta Myers, BSN.
"I am very excited about my new position," West said. "I knew going into school that I wanted to do something that would make a difference in my community. That’s why I went into nursing and why I came to work at Rome Memorial Hospital."
West began working at Rome Memorial Hospital in 2007, just after graduating from the Mohawk Valley Community College nursing program. She participated in the hospital’s RN Bridge Program, which provided extended training to new nursing graduates and one-on-one support from veteran nurses. Nurses in the program spent half-day rotations in different hospital departments, including operating room, ICU and the emergency department, to name a few.
"I always knew I wanted to work in the emergency department," West said. "But the experience I received in critical care and the understanding I gained working in other departments makes a big difference in my approach to my work in the emergency department."
West is in charge of the daily flow of the emergency department, handling staffing and serving as an advocate and problem solver for staff issues. She also is available to help with concerns that may arise from patients and their families. In general, she is responsible for keeping the potentially chaotic emergency department environment running as smoothly as possible.
"Although this is a new career path for me, everyone has been so supportive," West said. "I have a close working relationship with my co-workers. I have path for me, everyone has been so supportive," West said. "I have a close working relationship with my co-workers. I have worked day shifts and night shifts, so I can relate to the problems faced on all shifts. I think the staff appreciates the fact that I understand what they are going through and they feel that they can come to me if they have a problem."
West said she also understands the expectations for the future for the emergency department. "I know the growth we have had and the growth that is planned, and I am enthusiastic about where we are headed," West said. "I am proud to work at Rome Memorial Hospital and excited about the opportunities, as well as the challenges, that come with my new position."
West and her husband, Michael, reside in McConnellsville with their three sons, Gage, Dakota and Ryeland.