Technology advancements and updated practices create challenges for Saint Joseph Berea nursing supervisor Mona Hanna at times, but Mona said she loves being able to learn from her nurses and share tricks and tips she’s learned in her 40-year career.
“I kind of struggle with the computers, but I’m learning,” Mona said. “I’ve learned a lot from the younger nurses. I love to teach them; I tell them to teach me, and I’ll teach them.”
Striving to make patients comfortable and heal those most in need hasn’t changed for Mona. She’s been at Saint Joseph Berea for half of her career, and her call to serve remains the same as it was on day one.
“I want to help people be more comfortable and feel safe,” Mona said. “We have patients who come in and are very sick, and their families aren’t happy they can’t stay with them. I talk to the family to keep them calm, especially now during COVID-19 when they can’t stay with their loved ones.”
Mona became a nurse after helping her ailing grandfather with his health before he passed.
“He was really sick growing up,” Mona said. “When I was helping him, he was so appreciative and called me his little nurse. I thought it was so nice to be able to help somebody. When he passed, I remembered thinking about how good it felt when he’d smile as I helped him.