Monday, April 08, 2019
MH | Nursing director Barb Jany, RN, retired after nearly 38 years at Memorial. Starting her career in June 1981 as a student nurse, Jany has made many contributions to Memorial throughout the years. From playing an instrumental role in the first Magnet designation to serving as mentor to new nurse managers, project planning and more, her colleagues say she worked tirelessly to set the standard for excellent patient care.
As she embarks upon her retirement, she answers a few questions for BJC TODAY:
Have you always been in the same department/role?
I have always been in nursing. After I graduated as a registered nurse in 1982, I worked as a critical care float nurse for seven years. After that, I worked in the emergency department for several years, then became the nurse recruiter. In 1994, I became the nurse manager on 2N. I have been in the nursing director role since 2003, expanding the role over the years.
What were your favorite aspects of working here?
The patients and people I work with and belonging to an organization that serves the community I’m involved in.
What have been some of the biggest changes you’ve seen?
Other than changing from white uniforms and nurses’ hats? The advances in medicine and technology, acuity of the patients we serve, evolution of job roles, moving from silos to team, and changing from “top down” to shared governance.
What’s your advice to other employees?
Life is a journey and a continuum of learning. You always need to learn and grow; you cannot become stagnant. You need a challenge.
What are your plans for retirement?
To spend more time with my family, especially my grandsons — we love to play Nerf wars! Our family loves to camp and travel. I have lots of home projects to do (love HGTV!!!) and will stay active in my nursing profession. I also volunteer in my community and church.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I love the quote, “We are not here to wait for the storm to pass, but to learn to dance in the rain.” I feel I am blessed and a better person for what I have gained from the relationships I have experienced with my patients, families and the people I have had the privilege to work with.
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4/8/2019 9:20 AM
Barb, what a beautiful final comment.
4/8/2019 2:47 PM
Congratulations!! Enjoy your retirement!!
4/8/2019 9:21 PM
Barb actually hired me on 2N as my first hospital job in 1994. I was a young, naive kiddo then. She gave me the start I needed. I'm now working as an NP with numerous degrees with a history of a great start at Memorial in the 90's. Thanks Barb Jany for taking a chance on me! It's been a great ride! Congrats on your retirement and successful career!
4/9/2019 9:40 AM
You recruited me as a student nurse extern in 1991/1992 and it was a wonderful experience. I left Memorial and joined BJC and so grateful for the opportunity you offered. My days at Memorial were wonderful, learning and memorable and help to provide an excellent nursing foundation. Enjoy Retirement!
Nancy Gibson Collins, RN