Gina Farmer, RN, BSN, director of Emergency Services at Mercy Hospital Independence, has been named director of nursing for the hospital.
In her new role, Farmer will continue to oversee all operations of the Emergency Department while assuming oversight for nursing functions in other areas, including the surgery department and inpatient care.
She also serves as coordinator of the hospital’s Emergency Preparedness program and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) service.
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 in 2014 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 the hospital’s community outreach, including coordination of a first-aid tent offered at the annual Neewollah festival.
“Gina is a proven leader who has earned a great deal of respect among her co-workers, our providers and the community during her many years in our ministry,” said Dave Steinmann, president of Mercy Hospital Independence. “Our nursing staff and our patients are in excellent hands under her leadership.”
Gina and her husband, Mike, live in rural Elk City and together have five adult children.