American author, Gordon Hinckley, said “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.” This week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight features a team member who demonstrates commitment and perseverance, working diligently each day to learn and embrace a new role. She has gone above and beyond for her department because she understands the importance of supporting her team, no matter what the situation may be. Join me in celebrating Lauren Butler, OB Clinical Nurse Leader at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.

Gail Poplin, Staff Development, said “Lauren is doing a wonderful job as the new manager. Stepping into a manager role can be daunting as there are several new tasks and skills to learn. Lauren has embraced them all very quickly and efficiently. It has truly been a pleasure working with her throughout the transition. She brings great insight and ideas to the unit and wants only the best for the staff, patients, and providers. It makes me so happy to see the department in such capable hands.”

Jennifer LaCashio, Assistant Nurse Manager in OB, continues by saying, “Lauren is new to managing our unit, but not new to nursing. She has been working with us at nights and is a very hard-working, kind person, who advocates for her patients and fellow team members.”

Thank you, Lauren, for being truly dedicated to your patients, team members and the OB department. We are grateful for your determination and willingness to lead others, and look forward to seeing your continued grow at Hugh Chatham!


Q & A with Lauren

How did you come to Hugh Chatham?
I moved to Yadkinville after being stationed in Jacksonville, FL with my husband who served in the US Navy. I searched for hospitals in the area and felt that Hugh Chatham would be a great fit. A few weeks later I did a facetime interview with Gail Poplin (her first time interviewing someone over video) and knew this was where I wanted to work.

What led you to a career in healthcare?
I decided I wanted to become a nurse my senior year in high school and never looked back. I have always felt like nursing is my calling and have not once thought of doing anything else. Also, I knew I wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse from the first delivery I experienced. It’s always been an honor to help women bring their babies into this world.

How do you and your team exhibit STARS?
I would say I exhibit teamwork by always making sure to lend a hand to my coworkers, especially when it is busy. Often, labor is unpredictable and we can get busy very quickly, but I never shy away from giving a helping hand when needed. I exemplify respect by taking time to actively listen to and validate our patient’s concerns. Labor can be intimidating and I empower our staff to educate a patient during each stage to calm any anxiety they may have.

What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I like to spend quality time with my husband and almost two year old daughter. We love spending time outside and always try to make the most of our time together. I also like to bake when I get the chance and I’m looking forward to trying some fall recipes.


Lauren Butler was nominated by Mary Blackburn.