Jeanne Kennedy decided to enter the healthcare industry as a nurse after hearing stories from her mother who worked as a nurse in the U.S Army. “Her stories made nursing seem so fun, filling and exciting,” said Jeanne. “Also, I knew that if I went into nursing I would always have a job.”
Jeanne currently works as Ivinson’s trauma coordinator, in addition to working as a nurse in our Emergency Department. “I like the independence I have in my position as a Trauma Coordinator and I like making things better for the patients I see in the ED,” said Jeanne. “I feel like I make a difference in their hospital stay when I can make them laugh, even though I see them on their worst day.”
In addition to patient care, Jeanne is passionate about working with military veterans. “Both of my parents served in World War II,” said Jeanne. “My mom was an Army nurse and my dad worked in the Army Air Corps.”
Inspired by her parents’ service, she decided to become involved with the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight, a non-profit organization dedicated to flying every able and willing World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials. In 2016, Jeanne went on her first Honor Flight, working as a Guardian to ensure that every veteran had a safe and memorable trip. As a Guardian, Jeanne was responsible for physically assisting the veterans at the airports, during the flights, at the memorials and in the hotel. “It is a fabulous experience that you just can’t explain,” said Jeanne.
Jeanne recently returned from her second Honors Flight, in which she served as a member of the Medical Team, administering the veteran’s medications throughout their trip. “It truly restores your faith in humanity,” said Jeanne. “The veterans are the humblest guys, and throughout the entire trip all walks of life come up to them to say their thanks.”
Ivinson is proud of the work Jeanne does for our patients in the Emergency Department and of her work with the Rocky Mountain Honors Flight program. Thank you, Jeanne, for showing your passion to both patients and veterans.