Artist of the Month - June 2014

Carolyn Mitchell, Registered Nurse, was chosen as Artist of the Month for June 2014.  

Scottish author, Samuel Smiles, said, “Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.” Dr. Doug Given might add to this sentiment that applied wisdom gained from experience can also save lives. Such was the case regarding a recent code on Med Surg. He described the life or death situation involving a patient, and attributed Carolyn’s prior ICU and military experience for the favorable outcome. Dr. Given remembers, “We had a very difficult situation where the patient required more than the usual amount of critical care. Carolyn responded to the code, helped with intubation, provided guidance and made everything run smoothly. Her immeasurable knowledge was invaluable and of great benefit to me, the other nurses and the patient. She is a great asset to our hospital!”   

Prior to joining the BCMH family in February 2009, Carolyn served in the military for 24 years. She says, “As an Army Nurse, I held various positions including Clinical Nurse, Nurse Manager and Nurse Educator both in hospitals and while deployed overseas. These assignments helped me develop strong nursing and organizational skills.” After retiring from the Army in 2005, Carolyn and her husband moved to Calhoun County. For the next four years, they traveled throughout the United States while she worked as a travel nurse in various assignments. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree from Chapman University.   

Although Carolyn’s husband passed away in 2010, she still resides on their farm in Calhoun County. She says, “We both enjoyed traveling, fishing and hunting. My hobbies include gardening and working around the farm; and in the winter months, I enjoy woodworking and scrapbooking.” Her parents are originally from Nicholas County and now reside in Mason County. Carolyn says, “I come from a large family with eight brothers and sisters. I have many nieces and nephews that I enjoy spending time with.” Jill Cottrill, ED/CP Nurse Manager describes Carolyn as being “knowledgeable, reliable, dependable and possessing a high level of nursing skills.” BCMH is grateful for Carolyn’s wisdom gained through real life experiences. Although she primarily works night shift in the Emergency Department, Carolyn utilizes her abilities to save lives throughout our hospital and community!