Decades of Opportunity
It’s pretty safe to say that clinical manager Lois Vandervliet’s life wouldn’t be the same without Sanford. More than thirty years ago, she began her career as a nurse float, met her husband, and quickly moved up to a nursing position in the Emergency Department, among other positions she’s held through 36 years.
Lois has history with Sanford, and her longevity is a testament to the possibilities and opportunities provided to her and others committed to the organization’s mission and values.
“The opportunities that Sanford has given me is a chance to advance,” says Lois. “I was in the emergency department, then I went from a staff nurse in the emergency department. And then for 30 years, I was a flight nurse and a coordinator in the emergency department. It's such a big variety of things that happen every day that the opportunities are always there.”
Variety, the spice of life
For Lois, and many others who work as nurses across the footprint, every day brings new challenges and learning opportunities.
“Things never need to stay the same, that there's better ways of doing things and that we're given the opportunity to seek out those different ways of doing things and then bring them home to where we work,” she says.
While Lois seeks opportunities every day at work, she also credits the strong sense of family among her colleagues and superiors.
“Everybody is so supportive of everything that we do here,” she says.
That goes for her supervisors as well. “They listen to what we want to try to achieve for our departments, and they're very open. Even if you have a bad idea or an idea that just doesn't make sense, we can communicate it through and you learn. It's such a learning experience,” Lois says.
Even after 36 years, Lois knows she couldn’t have done it without her family at work. The value that most resonates with her personally is that of passion.
“I love what I do. I love being a nurse. Because even if you have a bad day at Sanford or what you've classified as a bad day, it's still ... there's people there to support you and help you through it,” she says.
Lois knows firsthand the opportunities available to her and her colleagues. She believes anyone who is interested in working for a company that believes in positive change would do well as part of the Sanford Family.
“It’s a very progressive organization. You can work side by side with staff, with your physicians, and with your administration, and it truly has been, over 36 years, a great place to work,” says Lois.
Posted Date: August 2013