How Nurse Navigator Amanda Wion helps coordinate care for patients
At Bethany Children’s Health Center, our employees truly are the heartbeat that drives the organization. Every day, through the care and service they provide, they live our mission of maximizing the potential of every child and exemplify our core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, service and stewardship.
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June is the month in which we recognize our Patient Navigation Team! To close out the month, we asked Nurse Navigator, Amanda Wion, RN, about her role at Bethany Children’s.
Amanda started at Bethany Children’s as a nursing assistant 15 years ago after being inspired by role models in her family who served others through careers in healthcare, law enforcement and the legal system. That starting position gave her an appreciation for the hard work and dedication it takes to care for the Hospital’s unique patient population. During her time at Bethany Children’s, she has had eight different positions/titles at the Hospital.
“Something I appreciate about Bethany Children’s is the continuous desire to better our roles, processes, and operations for the individuals that we serve. Being a part of our mission for 15 years has allowed me to witness many miracles,” says Amanda.
In her current role as Nurse Navigator, Amanda manages several specialty providers who frequently round internally at Bethany Children’s. “When rounding with the doctors I feel like I get more meaningful time with the patients that we consult on, because it’s time spent learning even more about the patients as individuals,” she explains.
Recently Amanda helped coordinate bringing in vendors to perform EEGs (brain scans) internally for patients who have difficulty transporting to an outside diagnostic facility. She also helps with scheduling external surgeries, procedures and clinics, and says, “There are new surprises every single day. We are always kept on our toes!”
For Amanda, the most rewarding part of her job is working as a part of an incredible team and fitting within that team as an important piece of the puzzle.
Something people might not know: “My name outside of work is Mandy, as most everyone outside of work calls me Mandy, not Amanda.”
Three words your best friend would use to describe you: Organized, caring, dependable.
Favorite hobbies/ways to spend free time: “I spend most of my free time with my kids, Ethan and Hannah, and wear many hats for them…dance mom, gymnastics mom, soccer mom, and basketball mom!”
Favorite food: French fries
Favorite inspirational verse: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you” Ephesians 4:32
From the bucket list: “If I had the opportunity to someday open an animal sanctuary, I would love to have my own cat sanctuary or rescue.”