Military training helped chief nursing officer learn leadership, adaptability | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Military training helped chief nursing officer learn leadership, adaptability

Veterans like Regina Hymer underwent some of the best training in the world while in the military. This rigorous preparation readies servicemembers for combat and builds flexibility and resiliency to respond to any of life’s ‘what ifs.’

Regina Hymer, DNP, R.N., CENP, came from a military family and proudly followed her father and sister into service. Regina wasn’t really sure what her calling was until she enlisted to become a medic in the U.S Air Force. From that point forward, she knew that she wanted to be involved in health care.

“I’ve had a great career and the opportunity to work with some amazing people,” said Regina, now vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Norton Brownsboro Hospital.

Veterans like Regina underwent some of the best training in the world while in the military. This rigorous preparation readies servicemembers for combat and builds flexibility and resiliency to respond to any of life’s “what ifs.”

“Our job includes stepping up when we are called to action.”

— Regina Hymer, DNP, R.N., CENP

“I excelled in leadership roles and enjoyed helping subordinates who were struggling,” Regina said. “I loved working traumas in the emergency department and the camaraderie that comes from working on a committed team. This is why I love working at Norton Brownsboro Hospital. We’re all working together for improved outcomes, and we don’t let anyone down.”

When COVID-19 temporarily shut down elective procedures in the spring, Regina had to act swiftly to train staff to help in other units where help was needed.

“Our job includes stepping up when we are called to action,” Regina said.

Norton Brownsboro Hospital received the very first COVID-19 patient in Jefferson County, Kentucky, and within hours, Regina arrived at the facility to speak with the first nurse who would be caring for the patient.

“I wanted her to know that she was supported and to have a chance to ask any questions,” Regina said. “She understood that her skills were needed, so she proceeded with courage. She in turn set the standard for quality and caring for all of the nurses.”

Outside of work, Regina enjoys volunteering at her church for picnics and fish fries. She also takes it upon herself to look after a few older adults with whom she’s become close.


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