Laura Golden is RiverView's Employee of the Month for November


Laura Golden is “it’’ at RiverView Health. “It’’ meaning the Employee of the
Month for November. But this isn’t the first time she’s been “it’’ at RiverView.

IPU Director Annie Waldal knew Laura Golden was “it’’ even before she met
her in person. Waldal’s first interaction with Golden was an interview for a RN
position via Skype when Golden was then living in Nebraska. Later, Golden
would visit RiverView for a peer interview and was offered a position.
RiverView even held the position for four months waiting for Golden to move
to the area. That’s what happens when you’re “it’’.

“She has a strong faith and she portrays warmth and a caring attitude in caring
for our patients,’’ Waldal shared of Golden’s passion and empathy for patients
suffering. “She is the RiverView culture that we are spreading on the Inpatient

“I was so nervous to look for jobs when I moved to Minnesota because I didn’t know anyone in this state except my husband and his family,’’ Golden shared. “The Lord answered my prayers with the incredible co-workers here at RiverView with such a positive and fun working environment. I love our team!’’

Golden, a native of Lincoln, NE, began as an RN at RiverView in August of 2016. She has her BSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln. She and her husband, Tyler, live in Warren, and are expecting their first child, a girl, on Jan. 6th.

In her spare time, Golden loves running, playing volleyball and being with friends and family.

The following is a portion of the nomination shared in Golden’s honor:

“Laura is definitely a top performer in many different aspects. Not only is she incredibly attentive to patients and families, she is always wanting to learn as much as possible to be the best nurse possible. She shines in our Obstetrics
(OB) Department, participating in OB skills, attending Unit meetings regularly, and learning as much as she can to provide the best care and support to her patients. She has an incredibly positive attitude and outlook, even when days become stressful, you would not know it with her; she keeps cool, calm, and collected, having the strength and self-awareness to know when to step away when it gets to be too much...She is always thinking about the betterment of patient care and is incredibly innovative. An example: She came up with the idea to have a cross given to families of loved ones who pass away on 3rd floor as a source of comfort and strength, which the Foundation supports...I recall family members of patients who have passed away saying how great of an idea this is, even requesting to have the care team (nurses, aides, social work) sign the back of the cross! While this is just one example, she consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty by thinking of and implementing creative solutions like these to better support our patients.’’ -Laura Heller, Inpatient Unit

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