By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital officials have named Brandi Marie Fields RN, MSN as vice president of patient services/chief nursing officers.
She is the daughter of Bill and Janice Bolen, and was born in Marion, Illinois
Brandi has lived in this area since June of 2000. Prior to moving here she lived in Northern Illinois.”
She is married to Kevin Felds and the coupke has a daughter Brianna and she has three step-children: Chloe, Aiden, and Liam.
She spent her high school years at DeKalb High School –DeKalb, Illinois; attended Kishwaukee College-Malta, Illinois earning a nursing-associates; and, then on to Bellarmine University-Louisville, earning a Master’s of Science in Nursing.
“I began nursing career about a year out of high school 1994 as a Certified Nursing Assistant, 1997 as an LPN, and then 1998 as a RN.
It has been a successful path to her position at OLBH.
“While living in Northern Illinois I was approached for a leadership position as the Staff Development Coordinator/Infection Control Practitioner.
“Then in 2000 I moved to Kentucky and began working in the Emergency Department.
“I worked for 3 yrs. in the ED as a nurse before moving into a supervisor’s role, shortly after then became a manager and then a director of the Emergency Department.
“Over time as a nursing director I oversaw areas including the nursing office, bed management, inpatient medical floors, emergency department, and urgent care centers.”
A family member helped lead her into the profession she has continued to climb the latter in administratively.
“I was first drawn to nursing after witnessing my older sister in this role as well as a close friend, both who loved their nursing careers and caring for others.”
She has continued to grow in his profession, “By accepting challenges and various roles presented to me and expanding my knowledge to understand new areas within nursing.”
Brandi explains what her position is at OLBH.
“The Vice President of Patient Care Services - CNO is the nursing and administrative liaison for a number of the key professional and operational/support functions of Bon Secours and is a member of the executive leadership team.
“The Vice President of Patient Care Services - CNO has the authority and responsibility for establishing nursing standards of practice and nursing standards of care in collaboration with registered nurses and other designated nursing staff as well as providing strategic direction and leadership for assigned operational departments.
“As a part of the Executive Leadership Team, the Vice President of Patient Care Services - CNO participates in the strategic planning and ensures the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, programs and services which are consistent with the Hospital's mission, strategic plans, resource allocation, management plan, medical staff relations and other activities for appropriate coordination of patient care needs.”
While settling into her new position she said she is, “Looking forward to a long career at Bon Secours-KY-OLBH. I want to continue to learn and grow in the field of nursing.”
There have been many help her along the way as she continued to flourish and grow professionally – she doesn’t hesitate to point to them.
“I have had several key mentors who have guided me over the years in my nursing leadership path, I wouldn’t be where I am today without each of them guiding, educating, and supporting me.
“We all have a time in which we have either been the patient ourselves or had a loved one receiving nursing care.
“It’s at these times we realize how important our nurses are. Nurses provide not only needed medical care but critical information, comfort, and a caring hand.”