Gina Famer, RN, BSN, longtime Mercy nurse, has been named the new director of Emergency Services at Mercy Hospital Independence.
In her new role, Farmer will continue to provide nursing care as well as oversee all operations of the Emergency Department, including staffing, patient and physician relations, budgeting and departmental management. Additionally, she will serve as the coordinator of the hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) and Forensic Nursing programs.
Farmer began her career with Mercy Independence in 1991 as a certified nurse aide and phlebotomist in the Emergency Department. Since then, she has assisted in nearly every clinical department within the hospital and has advanced her nursing degrees. She earned a licensed practical nurse (LPN) degree in 2007 and a registered nurse (RN) degree in 2008 from Neosho Community College; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree earlier this year from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Additionally, she has completed training and certification as a SANE nurse, and provides specialized services for assault victims at Mercy, which offers one of the only certified SANE programs in the southeast Kansas area. She also has participated in Mercy’s community outreach, including coordination of a first-aid tent offered at the annual Neewollah festival.
“During her many years at Mercy, Gina has grown and proven herself an invaluable nurse in our ministry,” said Dave Steinmann, president of Mercy Hospital Independence. “She has become a trusted resource for physicians, co-workers and patients, and I’m so glad she has accepted this opportunity to lead our efforts to provide the highest quality emergency care and service for our community.”
Gina and her husband, Mike, live in rural Elk City and together have five adult children.