Nurse of the Year Finalist: Jan Brandeburg, CHI St. Vincent Infirmary

Jan Brandeburg
CHI St. Vincent Infirmary
Little Rock

As a decorated nurse at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, Jan Brandeburg routinely puts her training, experience and skill to work for her patients. But she’s also a key figure in the lives of those just getting started in the profession.

“Currently, I onboard new graduate nurses into their first nursing job at CHI St. Vincent,” she said. “I have the privilege of working with almost 100 new nurses each year. I provide guidance and foster learning during the first months of employment, I help to provide a safe environment for them to learn while they become competent and independent in their own nursing practice.”

The Pennsylvania-born Brandeburg received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Masters in Nursing Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She said the chance to apply a multi-faceted skillset across a number of medical specialties was one of the things that drew her to the profession.

“The wide range of options available for nurses was appealing to me,” she said. “The nursing profession allows us to practice in a variety of settings, in any part of the country or the world, at different times of day or night. We can teach patients, teach new nurses, do research, care for patients directly or make decisions that can influence nursing and health care for years to come. Nurses are authors, speakers, advisors, emergency responders and so much more.”

So it is that Brandeburg today not only onboards new nurses at the CHI St. Vincent system, but plays a critical role in ensuring the hospital attracts and retains the best and brightest candidates.

“With my co-worker, Holly Taylor, I interview and hire new graduate nurses for the RN Residency Program at CHI St. Vincent,” Brandeburg said. “Our team has the responsibility of selecting the best candidates to fill our nursing positions. We are a Catholic hospital which means that we hire nurses with knowledge and skills but who also demonstrate our core values in caring for our patients.”

With all of the things she’s accomplished, Brandeburg said certain elements are as satisfying and meaningful to her now as when she started.

“What I find most rewarding about nursing is the gift of being with people at the most significant times in their lives: The birth of a child, the loss of a loved one, facing their own limitations and passing over from this life to the next,” she said. “Nurses are able to ease anxiety and share joy with our patients.”


» Charleroi, Pennsylvania, native

» Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing Education, University of Pittsburgh