Nurse of Excellence: Julie

Julie Williams
Nurse Supervisor, LPN
Black Hills Urgent Care

Julie Williams didn’t always know what she wanted to do when she was growing up. But, with several trips to the hospital – she met a few key nurses that were kind and caring, giving her a new outlook on the nursing profession. Now, 40 years later, Julie is a mother of two grown children, a grandma, and the kind, caring, and compassionate nurse she looked up to when she was a child.

“I love being able to step into people’s lives and make a difference,” said Julie.

And she does exactly that. Julie has worked as a travel nurse, in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and was even a part of a pilot test in Wyoming as the first LPN to work in Home Health – a test that was proven successful and an opportunity for Julie to make a difference for future LPNs’ careers.

“It’s cool to be able to mentor the students on their rotation and show them what an LPN can do – home health, travel, and now being the nursing supervisor! I’m so thankful to work for a company that recognizes that it’s not always about the title, but it’s about your caring, compassion and knowledge.”

Julie has been at Black Hills Urgent Care since it opened in 2012, accepting the role of Nurse Supervisor in 2017.

“I remember my first day at Black Hills Urgent Care with Julie as my preceptor. Without her care, knowledge, and welcoming smile, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” said Lisa Kummer, a former nurse at the Urgent Care facility. “She extends her arms wide open and is willing to do anything for anyone in need – whether it’s a nudge of motivation or a joke to get you through the day.”

As a nurse supervisor, Julie oversees a staff of nurses, writes policies, and orders supplies among countless other duties. But, no matter how many hats she wears, she always puts her patients as her number one priority.

From driving a homeless patient to her physical therapy appointments to ensure she healed correctly, to taking time out of her evenings to care for a patient’s children while she finished her degree, Julie’s heart for others is apparent to everyone who meets her. After 20 years, past patient’s families still send Christmas cards with updates on life – something Julie looks forward to every year.

“I can’t imagine myself being anything but a nurse! It is one of the most rewarding professions you can do,” said Julie with a smile.

Words by Jenna Carda
Photos by Jesse Brown Nelson