Tricia Denjen, RN, a WVU School of Nursing graduate, discusses some of the highlights and benefits of her 16-year career at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.

1. You’ll have an interesting career with growth opportunity.
I’ve worked in various nursing roles and areas of the hospital, and there’s ongoing excitement and challenge daily. As a nurse, you have the opportunity to make quick decisions, solve new problems, and learn new skills. There’s never a dull day.

Tricia Denjen, RN

While working in the surgical intensive care unit, I was taking care of a young lady with a ruptured aneurysm. She was improving until she had to lay flat for a procedure, and I noticed that she was not responding well. I notified the doctors immediately, we got her a CAT scan, and she was taken to the operating room. She survived, and after some rehabilitation, she fully recovered.

The skills and experiences you gain not only improve the lives of others, but also help you grow as a person. You learn how to be a good listener because you can’t help patients without hearing their needs, and this also applies to your friendships and relationships in life.

Along with the great benefits and competitive pay, WVU Medicine has been the best place for me to advance my career from a graduate nurse to a clinical preceptor because of the outstanding people and the many growth opportunities for employees, including tuition reimbursement.

2. You’ll be supported and valued by co-workers and managers.
WVU Medicine encourages a culture of satisfied employees. Managers in my department work very hard to make sure that our staff feels appreciated and we have what we need to do our jobs well. I work alongside friendly, inspiring mentors, and I’ve made lifelong friendships here. I am a home town girl. I was born and raised in Morgantown. I love this town, and I love the people here. WVU Medicine is one of the friendliest places to work. I hear it all of the time from new employees I train. You could say that I bleed gold and blue.

3. You’ll be a source of comfort when times are tough.
Yes, as a nurse, you see a lot of heartbreaking stuff, but knowing that you gave the patient the very best possible care you could helps you find a way to carry on. One night as the charge nurse in the emergency room, we had a 60-year-old man come in post cardiac arrest. When he arrived, emergency medical services had worked on him for several minutes, and we knew he wouldn’t recover. I spent time with the patient’s wife comforting her and helping in any way that I could, so she might not feel so alone. I finally left her when her family members arrived. I remember asking her if there was anything else that I could do for her, and she said, “Yes, can you bring back my husband?” Then, we hugged and cried together.

4. You’ll make a lasting difference.
Every day, I see the impact that my colleagues and I have on the lives of our patients. Seeing patients smile again for the first time in a while or just getting a simple thank you makes all the difference in the world. Yes, you care for people when they’re at their best and worst, and it’s not an easy job, but you do it because at the end of the day, you make a difference in someone’s life. I felt a strong desire to help others when I decided to become a nurse, and I still do today.

5. You’ll feel a sense of pride in your workplace.
I’ve worked for WVU Medicine since 2000, and I still enjoy coming to work every day. Over the past 16 years, I’ve seen many changes from construction to name changes for our healthcare system, and throughout all of this, WVU Medicine remains a great place to work, learn, grow, and receive care for myself and my family.

I’m proud to work here for many reasons, like Ruby’s designation as a Magnet hospital in 2005 and being re-designated three times since. It’s exciting to see the organization’s outreach and expansion through the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, a new neurology intensive care unit, clinics throughout the state, and more. WVU Medicine is the place for you if you’re looking for a challenging, patient-centered, high-quality organization that promises to exceed your expectations.

The new Ruby Memorial Hospital tower opens in January 2017, and WVU Medicine is recruiting nurses to staff it. There's a $10,000 RN sign-on bonus. Apply at wvunurses.com.