09Jul

Meet Our Heroes: Jessica Cyphers, RN

Morgantown Hero: The Gem of Morgantown

This week we can’t wait to introduce you to another of our special Acuity #healthcareheroes! Please meet Jessica Cyphers, RN, at our Morgantown hospital. Read on to find out why Jessica has always wanted to be a nurse and why working here is so rewarding for her. 

Tell us about yourself.

I’m married, with three kids and a dog. I was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. I love Morgantown, it is the gem of West Virginia, situated on the Monongahela River and home to West Virginia University.

How long have you been a nurse? 

I was an LPN for 15 years. I went back to school to become a registered nurse while working fulltime and raising children. I’ve been a registered nurse for two years. She graduated from Alderson Broaddus University (#1 in her class).

What makes working at Morgantown so rewarding? 

Being a part of the Morgantown team since opening is a wonderful experience. This is the first time I’ve been involved in opening a hospital from the ground up. It’s very rewarding. I am part of the team that is not just creating protocols and procedures but implementing them as well.  Just the other the day while stocking carts, I was thinking about how a checklist for stocking carts would be helpful, so anyone could quickly see what was needed when they came on to stock for their shift. 

Being a nurse is the best job I’ve ever had. The most rewarding nursing experience is working here at Acuity.  I get to see the patient come in not being able to speak, and then watching them wean to breathing room air and then the glee and excitement of going home. That closure is so rewarding. 

Since I was 7 years old I knew I wanted to be a nurse. I was visiting my grandmother in the hospital and I wanted to watch the nurse and know what she was doing.  My inspiration also came from my aunt who was a nurse.  I volunteered to shadow her to learn if this was the path for me.

What do you do to relax? 

I am an avid reader. I have books everywhere; one in my car, one in my purse and one at home.  I usually have three books going at once.  Jessica is currently finishing the Harry Potter Series. 

Any words of wisdom for our readers? 

Hmmm…I will share what I have learned, “You get what you give. You expect nothing more and settle for nothing less. Meaning, I treat you fairly and you treat me fairly.”

My lifestyle fits well with the pandemic because I’m a self-proclaimed germaphobe! I am more comfortable wearing a mask and focusing attention on cleaning everything, everywhere I go.

It takes somebody special to be a nurse, just like it takes somebody special to work at Acuity! Thank you Jessica, and thank you to all of our #healthcareheroes!

Jessica Cyphers
Jessica Cyphers, BSN, RN and her daughter, Cora.