Jolene M. Hartley
Operating Room Nurse & Research Coordinator at Black Hills Surgical Hospital

It’s the simple things that can make someone’s day better. This is the mentality Jolene Hartley, an OR Nurse and Research Coordinator, lives by each and every day.

Graduating from the University of South Dakota in May of 2010, Jolene has been a nurse for eight years – ranging from a clinic nurse and operating room nurse, to a charge nurse and now a new member of the research team.

“I love patient interaction and being able to make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how big or how small,” said Jolene.

Being in the OR is oftentimes crazy with an unpredictable schedule, especially when wintertime in the Black Hills hits and the facility accommodates more cases. With her husband Michael and her children on her side, Jolene works diligently to be there for her coworkers and patients.

“Jolene is very dedicated to her work,” said her coworker Lenora. “She is one of the first to arrive, and last to leave – always with a positive attitude and willing to help.”

No matter what comes her way, Jolene is ready to take action. Loving to help people, listen to them, and comfort them, she works to assist and serve her patients however she can, leaving them with a smile that spreads.

WORDS BY JENNA CARDA
PHOTOS BY JESSE BROWN NELSON


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