As a teenager, Wanda first tested her people skills as a candy striper. From there her passion and success as a nurse flourished into a 45 year career at Mercy Fort Scott.
Over the course of her career, Wanda Ogle has cared for patients in acute care, the Emergency Department, home health and most recently in hospice.
“Regardless of the setting, Wanda has given support to her patients, their families and her co-workers on a daily basis,” said Becky Davied, home health and hospice director. “She is a popular nurse with the patients because she is lively, warm and caring, but at the same time, honest and straightforward.”
Wanda is committed to her patients both during work and off hours and develops a personal connection with patients and families.
“Our patients want to know their health and safety is our top priority. When they open their door to see Wanda ready to provide their care, they know she is there for them whatever their needs may be,” Davied added.
Wanda said that the last few years in hospice have been the most rewarding part of her career.
Wanda’s official day of retirement is December 16.
“When I reflect on the characteristics that make the Mercy Home Health and Hospice program strong and successful, the words ‘strength’, ‘honesty’, ‘integrity’, ‘compassion’ and ‘kindness’ come to mind. Wanda has all of these characteristics plus more and her presence here at Mercy will be missed.”
Wanda’s immediate plans after retirement include a cruise and spending quality time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Soon after, she hopes to continue her work with Mercy Home Health and Hospice and work on a temporary/as as-needed basis.