HEALTHCARE VILLAGE 3It Takes a Healthcare Village: Part 2Ruth Sommerfeldt, RN is the Director of Nursing Services at Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan in Ludington, Michigan. Her career began in 1980 when she graduated as anLPN from a nearby community college. After graduation, Ruth was hired to work on the medicalsurgical floor and worked there for one and a half years. By the end of her time working on themedical-surgical unit she had been trained to work in the pediatrics, orthopedics, nursery, post- partum, and psychiatric areas. One night while she was working, the emergency departmentcalled to see if anyone could be spared to help them as they were very busy. Ruth volunteered tohelp out, and that is when her love for emergency nursing began.Ruth went on to graduate from an ADN program in 1984. She worked in the emergencydepartment as a staff nurse for fifteen years until her boss left. During this time Ruth took anumber of EMT courses and fulfilled the role of charge nurse for several years.When her own boss left, Ruth was asked to fill in as an interim manager until areplacement could be hired. She was asked to take the job permanently but was hesitant due toher love for patient care. Eventually Ruth agreed to take the job and she has been in this rolesince.
Memorial Medical Center is not a very culturally diverse facility. The population of theservice area is 94% Caucasian (City-Data, 2008). The diversity that Ruth states she most has todeal with in her role is in the age differences of the staff (Sommerfeldt, 2009). ³There is a greatdifference in the practices, values, and ideals of the staff who are 60 and those who are in their early 20s´ (Sommerfeldt, 2009).