(From time to time, we will celebrate an outstanding health care employee who has shown exceptional commitment to providing compassionate and quality care to Iowans. Becky Henkel is one of those employees.)
For 28 years, Becky Henkel has been a hospital hero at Methodist Jennie Edmundson in Council Bluffs. As director of nursing services, her combination of knowledge, experience, leadership and coordination every day is essential to providing safe, quality patient care.
As a registered nurse for more than 44 years, Becky has dedicated her life to serving patients and developing other people to do the same. She is a Hospital Hero because of her collaborative approach to coordinating care and staffing across all areas of inpatient, outpatient, behavior health and emergency departments. Becky is also responsible for the Administrative Coordinators (House Supervisors), personnel (float pool), centralized staffing office, nursing practice and education and she is the lead on patient care standards for Joint Commission accreditation. Her expertise and leadership ensure smooth transitions and optimal patient care.
Unwaveringly dedicated to all her roles, including house supervision, Becky frequently works long hours to ensure proper coverage – making certain everything possible has been done to provide for all patients, families, visitors and staff at all hours of the day.
An arduous supporter of nursing education, Becky returned to school herself to obtain her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She is the contact person and coordinator for multiple schools and colleges wishing to send students to Methodist Jennie Edmundson for clinical rotations and preceptor experiences. She also serves on the nursing advisory board for Iowa Western Community College as well as the Iowa Nursing Coalition Future of Nursing Task Force on Education.
Methodist Jennie Edmundson provides a multitude of free health screenings to the communities we serve. Becky organizes many of these events from supplies to staffing, and she is always on location offering whatever assistance is necessary.
Many new staff and managers owe at least part of their success to Becky for her caring approach and mentoring ways. Becky has always been an example of what a hospital hero and nurse should be and she has done it with a grace and style we can all be proud of.