October 2012 Associate of the Month
Mollie Covington, RN, CCRN, was born in Broomall and grew up in New Britain. She attended Plumstead Christian School and studied nursing at Bucks County Community College. She started working PRN as a nurse's aide at Doylestown Hospital in 1987. After earning her RN in 1988, she became a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and has enjoyed the challenges of caring for the critically ill ever since. "I knew early on that ICU was my love, my niche," Mollie says. "I like the moment when you connect with a family member or patient and, as a member of the health care team, make a difference."
Mollie says there is a great deal of collaboration in ICU, where the caregivers put the patients first. "There are a lot of patient advocates there." She notes that all nurses at Doylestown Hospital give good care and Doylestown has been a "great place to work. There are wonderful people who work here."
In addition to providing direct patient care in ICU, Mollie teaches ACLS to associates and works part-time in Cardiac Services. She serves on several hospital committees, including Sepsis and Nursing Process.
According to Director of Critical Care and Cardiology Services Terri Long, "Mollie is an exceptional critical care nurse who exemplifies the SERVE values by going above and beyond to care for her patients and their families. She handles the most difficult situations in a calm, professional manner. She works collaboratively with everyone and is respected by physicians, nurses and all team members. Mollie works diligently on the Code 9 and Rapid Response committees and is an expert on the Meditech/Client server documentation system. She is the ultimate patient safety advocate and assures that no stone is left unturned when she is pursuing patient safety for the betterment of our ICU patients and all the patients of Doylestown Hospital! We are lucky to have Mollie working in our ICU and Cardiac Services departments."
Eileen Yannarella, MHA, RN, CEN, Infection Prevention Coordinator, adds: "I think that what makes Mollie a superb nurse is her critical thinking skills and endless curiosity. With these tools guiding her, she proactively cares for patients providing the utmost in safe nursing practice. She takes her time and talks to her patients and their families, demonstrating daily her respect for their concerns, questions and opinions. Her clear communication with patients enables them to feel empowered to contribute to their own care. I think the highest compliment I can pay is, if asked whom I'd choose to care for me if I were a patient, Mollie would be at the top of that list!"
Mollie and her husband, Craig, live in Doylestown. They have four children, Nate (28), Lindsay (18), Steph (16) and Paige (14). The family has two cats, Jezebel and Delilah. Mollie is active with her church and its praise team, playing keyboard and singing. The entire family went to Nicaragua in June on a missions trip, and she looks forward to returning on a medically-focused trip in 2013. Mollie enjoys spending time with family, knitting, baking, reading and running.
Congratulations to an exceptional Associate!