When Emily Stanton was a girl, she dreamed of being a nurse.
“Compassion and caring for others comes naturally for me,” said Stanton, patient care supervisor at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Franciscan Health Care, Holmen Clinic. “I could not see myself in any other profession.”
Compassion for others spurred Stanton to pursue her dream, but it’s the people she saw as role models, as well as those she cares for, who have helped the young nurse continue on with a dream that became a determination.
“My overarching motivation is how I want to make a difference,” Stanton said. “To be a strong nursing leader for my Holmen Clinic team, so we can make a difference for patients. Another motivation stems from my past and current leaders, and those who have provided guidance and mentorship to me.”
Her parents, she said, instilled in her core values: Compassion, integrity, honesty and respect.
“As I have begun transitioning into a supervisory role, I have had the pleasure to work side by side with Deb Cholewa,” Stanton said. “Deb continues to help me grow within my role. She has shown me that it is possible to make a difference and to continue in what I believe in.”
Cholewa, patient care director, had high praise for Stanton, as well. It was Cholewa who nominated the young nurse for Rising Stars Under 40, and she called her a team player, as well as an innovator.
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“She works hard and often stays late to help others,” Cholewa said. “When a patient asks for assistance, and how to help that patient isn’t evident, Emily will search until she finds a way to meet that patient’s needs.”
That’s Stanton the person, Cholewa said, but she didn’t hesitate to list the young leader’s accomplishments, too. Those include, but aren’t limited to, graduating summa cum laude from Viterbo University School of Nursing, becoming a certified lactation counselor, and working as the Share Program coordinator, providing support for those who have experienced the death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.
She also has implemented the use of Cover My Meds, which streamlines and expedites the processing of prior authorizations for patients, chairing the Southwest Wisconsin Region Primary Care for Nurses, which ensures safety and best practices, and being a member of the Ambulatory Coordinating Council, connecting nurses who work in all aspects of healthcare.
“Her attributes include a positive attitude,” Cholewa said, “compassion, kindness, intelligence, the desire to lead positive change and a deep commitment to others.”
Stanton’s desire to helping has spread out into her community, where she’s also incredibly active. The focus is never on herself; rather, as she did when she was young, she focuses on those around her, always as her first priority.
“I am most proud of who I am today,” Stanton said. “With this, I could not be the person I am today without my family, who have supported me in my profession every step of the way. My husband, for giving me the confidence in knowing that I have the qualities of moving into a leadership role. My colleagues, those who have worked side by side with me through the years, I have learned from each and every one of them.”