Becky Witmer makes a challenging time better


KEARNEY — Becky Witmer was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Now she works there.

Witmer is a nurse on the med-surg floor at Good Sam. She started her health care career in 2002 as a certified nursing assistant. She became a nurse in 2008, “and my responsibilities have evolved over the years. I’ve been a preceptor, a mentor and for over the last decade have worked as a charge nurse,” Witmer said.

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Becky Witmer was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Now she works there.

After being born in Kearney, Witmer grew up in Oregon. She eventually made her way back to Central Nebraska, going to Central Community College for her associate’s degree in nursing.

“I’ve never lost my love for med/surgical nursing,” she said.

What does she love about the job?

“The patients. I love the variety of patients I get to meet. I love hearing all their stories and life experiences. I want to make this challenging time of being in the hospital as positive of experience as it can be,” she said.

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The person who nominated Witmer said, “Becky Witmer is an outstanding asset to the Medical Surgical Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital. She has been a Registered Nurse with us for over 20 years and her commitment to her patients knows no end.”

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“I’ve never lost my love for med/surgical nursing,” Becky Witmer said.

Witmer said, “I love my coworkers. I work with nurses who have a variety of experiences and backgrounds. If a problem arises we are always quick to find a solution. It’s reassuring to know that no matter what my coworkers will be there for me.”

She said one of the hardest parts of the job is balancing the night shift with her teenage children’s activities.

Witmer said her advice to any aspiring nurses is, “Find your passion. There are so many ways to be a nurse and it takes all of us to meet the needs of our community.”

The longtime nurse is, “consistently recognized by her patients for providing that extra touch that helped them during their stay. Her kind and caring demeanor have led to numerous Daisy Awards and nominations,” her nominator said. “Becky serves as a charge nurse on the night shift and is a resource for not only her unit, but the other units as well. Her goal is always what is best for the patient and she holds her fellow coworkers to the same level of excellence and safe patient care. She truly is an asset to this unit and organization.”

When she’s not at the hospital, Witmer likes to spend time with her family and her dog. She also enjoys playing golf and playing cards.


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