February Ambassador drawn to nursing by accident

February 2nd, 2018

The moment Reid Health’s February Ambassador knew she wanted to be a nurse was when she found herself using her waitress uniform to wrap the wounds of an injured accident victim who had crashed his car into the back of a semi.

LeAnne Stiver, RN

LeAnne Stiver, RN

LeAnne Stiver, RN, BSN, was just out of high school when this life-shaping event happened. Today, she is celebrating 13 years as a wound care nurse at Reid Health – since 2008 as an inpatient wound nurse. “One attribute I have found to be ingrained in her soul is the hope she gives to patients,” wrote one nominator of Stiver. “Her smile comes from within, and radiates out to others.”

Other nominators cite her compassion, her skill and her smile. “LeAnne has been through several difficult situations, but through it all she has never lost her desire to take care of her family and her patients,” said another.

Stiver began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local nursing home. She became an LPN in 2001, received her nursing degree in 2013 and her BSN in 2015. She began her career at Reid Health in 2005.

Stiver is a Richmond native. Her husband owns Stiver Construction. Between them, they have six children – Jason, Chris and Cody Hapner; and Alex, Chris and Beth Stiver. She is active in the West Alexandria, Ohio, Church of the Brethren, where she serves on the Ministerial Committee and the Nurture and Witness Committee.

She also likes to run in 5Ks, but has not been able to do that for several months because of a series of cancer treatments and accompanying side effects that forced her to take a break from running. Stiver is able to speak frankly about her experience with cancer, which she said has made her more appreciative of life and compassionate with others.

She feels even closer to her Reid Health family today, partly as a result of the cancer diagnosis in mid-2017, which put her in the role of patient as well as coworker.  She completed her last chemo in December for a treatable form of lymphoma and describes the experience as “a spiritual journey.” She said she was never angry about it. “Thank God I had a cancer I could learn from and recover from.”

Facing cancer gave her a new boldness at her church, where she’s gotten even more involved and actually spoke for the first time to her congregation. Working and being treated at Reid Health actually strengthened her already close work relationships. “From day one, I knew the physicians were so concerned, as well as the nurses taking care of me.”