Nurse Briana Bishop Treats Patients like Family

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Ever since she became a nurse, Briana Bishop has had one goal – treat patients as if they’re family

“It’s my personal goal to treat everybody like I, or my family, would want to be cared for in a healthcare setting,” Briana said. “I try to treat everybody that way because they are someone’s mother, brother, sister or father.”

Briana’s interest in nursing started in high school. While attending Preston High School, she took an introduction to nursing class, and it stuck with her. She said the teacher, the late Mrs. Alexander, was her inspiration for continuing in the nursing field after high school.

“She took the time to teach me the importance of being a nurse and taught me that nursing is more than medically taking care of people,” Briana said. “As a nurse, you have to care for each patient as if they were your family.”

After high school, Briana graduated from West Liberty University with a nursing degree. She was a nursing assistant at Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, but after becoming a registered nurse, Briana stepped into the new role.

Briana worked at Preston Memorial for four years in areas such as acute care and intensive care. She wanted to get into the emergency department when a position opened up at Mon Health Medical Center in 2016.

“Mon Health has a great reputation within the community, and I was looking to enhance my emergency nursing skills,” she said. “They had an opening, and I applied.”

Being an emergency department nurse keeps Briana on her toes. She said each patient is different and she never knows what type of medical issue will come through the doors.

“You never know what individual you might meet or what they might need or how you can impact their life,” Briana said.

Briana was named Mon Health’s October 2018 Cardinal Award winner for exemplifying Mon Health’s mission, vision, and values.

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