The 2018 theme for National Nurses Week (May 6-12) was “Nurses Inspire, Innovate, Influence.” Lake Regional Health System chose three nurses who exemplify these values, and the Lake Sun is profiling each of them in this Salute to Nurses series.

The 2018 theme for National Nurses Week (May 6-12) was “Nurses Inspire, Innovate, Influence.” Lake Regional Health System chose three nurses who exemplify these values, and the Lake Sun is profiling each of them in this Salute to Nurses series.

For Lana Singer, R.N., a successful day of nursing is a day filled with small acts of kindness.

“If you are nice to everybody, you can have an impact that goes much farther than that one visit,” she said. “Kindness draws people in and encourages them to give feedback and share more. It might be a small visit, but it might really impact their life.”

A nurse for 30 years, Singer has been at Lake Regional since 1990 and has served in the Emergency Department since 1999. During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, Lake Regional recognized Singer for being an inspiring nurse.

“The compassionate care that Lana gives to her patients is an inspiration to all of us,” said Amy Funderburk, nurse manager of Lake Regional Emergency Department. “There is not one speck of burnout in her work. She keeps a smile on her face even through the most challenging days and consistently encourages others to have the same attitude. We are thankful to have such a positive, genuine person on the Lake Regional team.”

Team Player

Along with her kindness, Singer also inspires those around her with a constant can-do attitude.

“Lana’s home department is in the ED, but she sees the whole picture and never hesitates to work where the greatest need is that day, even if it means floating to an unfamiliar floor,” Funderburk said. “That is an inspiration to others.”

“She’s known throughout the hospital as a nurse who can do anything that’s asked of her,” added Cheri Sisson, R.N., Lake Regional Skilled Nursing Facility manager. “She can work in the Emergency Department, ICU, as house supervisor and in any other role where she’s needed. Her knowledge of the different units makes her someone others look up to and want to be like.”

Singer said she likes working in the different departments because she’s always learning something new.

“And I like getting to know everybody,” she said. “Years ago, we all knew each other at the hospital, but it’s grown so much, it’s hard to get to know everybody without working in the different units. I also like that I get a different perspective on all of the health care going on at Lake Regional.”

Heart of Gratitude

Singer said it’s easy to be positive with the team members she has. “We all want what’s best for our unit, the patients and each other,” she said. “We share stories and laughter and help each other when the going gets tough.”

Singer said another secret to staying positive is to appreciate small blessings. For example, on her way to work, she notices the cows in the fields and looks for one white horse she always sees. “I make sure I continue to appreciate simple things and be grateful for every blessing in my life,” she said. She also draws inspiration from the Walk in the Word broadcast by Pastor James MacDonald, which she listens to during her morning drive.

“His basic message is to walk in the Word of God, and one phrase I keep in mind during the day is, ‘You before me,’” Singer said. “I think that’s a wonderful phrase, and it always gives me inspiration.”

Finding Her Calling

Singer and her husband, Mark, enjoy working on home improvement projects together. They also do rescue work of abandoned animals. Singer’s son and daughter-in-law live in Springfield and have two children, 13 and 9, “who keep me active,” Singer said. Both Singer’s son and daughter-in-law are also nurses.

Surprisingly, Singer didn’t always know she would be a nurse. After high school, 13 years passed before she earned her nursing license.

“As a single mom, that license was my independence,” Singer said. “I’ve stayed with nursing because it provides flexibility, excitement, knowledge, opportunities to meet people and fellowship with other nurses. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Nursing is part of who I am no matter what I’m doing.”