|Ryan Williams, RN - "I am thankful"
You might say Ryan Williams was destined to be in emergency care. His mother, sister, wife, brother-in-law and father-in-law are all firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and/or nurses.
Although he was surrounded by emergency caregivers, his true calling came when he witnessed an accident at the Apple Fest in New Paris several years ago. "I was in high school and watched the helicopter land with the staff rushing to help," Ryan said. "At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a nurse."
Fifteen years later, Ryan is not only an accomplished Registered Nurse in Reid's emergency department, but much more. He received his Bachelor's Degree and became a paramedic in 2001 and a Registered Flight Nurse in 2005.
"I didn't want to leave Reid while I was training to be a flight nurse," Ryan said. "The administrative team was great to allow me to stay on as a liaison between Reid and EMS services while I was certified. Then I came back full time."
Appointed last year by Governor Mitch Daniels, Ryan serves on Indiana's state-wide trauma system development committee. According to the State Department of Health website, the goal of this system is to prevent death and disabilities for injured patients through the coordination of care.
"My career has almost become my hobby," said Ryan. "Reid has given me a chance to grow. Health care is ever-changing. For us to have the leading edge on patient care, we have to stay on top of continued education."
Ryan and his wife, Jessica, a Reid nurse practitioner, have two sons and enjoy their home in Economy. A full-time Reid emergency nurse, volunteer for Economy emergency services, part-time employee for Randolph County and Union City, and a flight nurse in Dayton?who knows what will be on Ryan's list of accomplishments next.
"It gives me a good feeling to help someone. I use the talent God has given me," Ryan said. "It's more than just a job - it's what I'm supposed to do."
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Reid values its nursing staff and understands the quality of care nurses provide is a major driver of patient outcomes. As a result, in 2010, Reid Foundation launched its Nursing Excellence fund. This fund supports programs for professional development, nursing research, or preparation of future nurses at Reid.
"We strive to provide the best care at Reid," said Vice President Kay Cartwright. "Continued education on current standards and up and coming practices and technology is the only way to maintain this level of care."
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