Employee satisfaction on RiverView’s Inpatient Unit (IPU) is at the highest level it’s been at in years. According to April Grunhovd, chief nursing officer, much of that success is because of Annie Waldal, IPU director, who happens to be RiverView’s Employee of the Month for May.

    Employee satisfaction on RiverView’s Inpatient Unit (IPU) is at the highest level it’s been at in years. According to April Grunhovd, chief nursing officer, much of that success is because of Annie Waldal, IPU director, who happens to be RiverView’s Employee of the Month for May.

    “Annie is one of the most organized people I know,’’ Grunhovd stated. “She excels in follow-through and follow-up; ensuring the needs of her team are met.
Annie not only is willing to jump in with her team, but also with other teams. She has responded to the Emergency Department in times of need to change or teach nursing staff how to change a wound vac, to assist with an OB, trauma, or code situation, to assist with placement of a geriatric patient with an acute behavioral health placement need, and the list goes on.’’

    Laura Heller, RiverView’s medical social worker, added that Waldal “is an exceptional example of what it takes to be a true leader: persistence in following up with issues/equipment/concerns/compliments; building strong, professional relationships; focusing on educational opportunities; promoting leadership of nursing staff; and fighting hard for positive changes...She is truly one of a kind.’’

    Born and raised on a farm outside of Red Lake Falls, Waldal has been with RiverView for three years. She thanks Beth Parnow, Quality/Risk Management analyst at RiverView, (who is Waldal’s neighbor just outside of Crookston) for “not giving up on me and encouraging me to apply here. She was adamant that I was just what this team needed.’’

    It turns out RiverView might just have been what Waldal needed, as well. “RiverView has been a blessing to my family,’’ she shared. “Working in the town that we live in is something that I take pride in. I believe in investing in our community and providing home-town care to all of our patients. RiverView is a place that treats people like ‘their own family’ as Dr. Fashoro once said.

    “The amazing directors that I get to work alongside blow me away almost daily. I believe that it’s the people who make us who we are. I often tell the Inpatient Unit team that they created a waiting list for nursing on the Inpatient Unit and zero turnover in seven months. I often say, ‘I just have the privilege to be a part of this amazing team and along the way call myself the leader.’ I was recently asked by one of the nurses, ‘Annie how do you stay so positive?’ My response was this…It’s simple. Being positive is a choice that we all have every day, it is up to you to choose it.’’’

    Waldal has an Associate’s Degree in Science through Northland Technical and Community College, a BSN through Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), and is currently working on her Masters in Healthcare Administration through MSUM. She and husband Nick are the parents of two children: Lincoln (10) and Brooklyn (7).

    The Waldal family loves to camp and boat in the summer, and Annie’s favorite hobby is cooking - especially for large parties.