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Cameos of Caring

Mercy Memorial Hospital—Jan Nicol

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Jan Nicol has worked as a Registered Nurse for 18 years, and has spent the last 16 years at Mercy Memorial Hospital, where she is currently assigned to the Inpatient Unit. Jan is known for taking the care of her patients very seriously. She fills multiple roles at the Inpatient Unit: educator, team player, and patient advocate. Jan has a strong interest in palliative care and is an advocate for the rights of do-not-resuscitate/comfort-care patients, an interest close to her heart that sprang from personal experience with her own family. Always in tune with those in her care, Jan truly “feels the pain” of her patients. Thorough in her approach to care, she is especially careful in assessing patients’ clinical conditions and very alert to any changes that warrant immediate attention. In addition to her practice skills, Jan also is an excellent communicator in her interaction with patients, families, physicians, and staff. She has a special way of helping everyone understand their plan of care. A colleague described Jan’s talent for caring for patients and their families, especially in difficult situations, as a special gift. Jan’s bedside manner is comfortable, compassionate, and realistic. She earned her A.S.N. at Clark State Community College.