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Cora Beth O’Neal, RN, BSN

Sixth Floor

April 2019 - Employee of the Month

We are proud to recognize Cora Beth O’Neal as WellStar West Georgia’s April 2019 Team Member of the Month.

Cora Beth graduated from nursing school at Columbus State University and began working as an RN at WellStar West Georgia in June 2017. As the young nurse began checking on her patients during hourly rounding, she began developing her own personal method of interacting with them that went above and beyond the required “checklist” needed of pertinent information about their condition.

Her nursing manager began to notice it, as did her colleagues. Fast forward to today, and her method is now becoming a household name not only on the Sixth Floor, but with clinical staff throughout the hospital. It’s aptly named “The Cora Beth Standard.” Her standard of care is being noticed by patients as well, for Sixth Floor Nurse Manager Jessica Harrilson said 50 patients have recognized her service since January 1, 2019.

Cora Beth also shines at serving as a mentor and has precepted multiple new graduate nurses and nursing students. She has participated in the implementation of interdisciplinary rounds by being part of the Lean team. She’s been recognized by Studer and members of nursing leadership for performing exemplary hourly rounding and bedside shift report, or as it is now known, “The Cora Beth Standard.” She has taken time to demonstrate her method of hourly rounding to employees throughout the entire hospital and enjoys helping team members to grow.

Cora Beth currently attends Columbus State to earn a master’s degree in its Family Nurse Practitioner program and will graduate in May 2020 as an APRN. Her nurse manager says, “Despite how busy she is with her job and school, Cora Beth always has a smile on her face no matter what the day brings. We can count on her to uplift the team’s spirit with her positive attitude. Despite how busy she is with school, she still goes above and beyond what is expected of any employee.”

Cora Beth says of her patients and colleagues, “I love building relationships with my patients and helping them fight through some of their worst and hardest times. I find such joy helping others and making anyone smile. My co-workers and my manager honestly are just the cherry on top. My manager supports me in every aspect of nursing and has provided me with so much opportunity to grow here. She and my co-workers are my saving grace each and every day. When I feel overwhelmed and defeated, they give me encouragement and support (and a lot of good jokes) to help me get through the day. We laugh together, cry together, and I am honestly so thankful I have them to share this journey with.”

She says she has known her entire life that she wanted to be a nurse:

“There wasn’t a specific event that made me suddenly decide I wanted to pursue nursing,” she said. “There wasn’t any specific person that talked me into nursing. I just always knew I wanted to do something that would give to others what they couldn’t give themselves. I honestly think I was born to be a nurse, and I think God placed the gift of loving others in me from my first breath. I know I am on this earth for a reason, and I pray I fulfill God’s plan for my life while I’m here.”

Cora Beth is from Columbus and now lives in Hamilton with her husband, Cole. The two of them got married in September of 2017 shortly after she started working here. She is one of four children in a very tight-knit family, and she is very grateful they all live locally. She and Cole have two dogs that she said are their whole world, a 2-year-old Goldendoodle and an 8-year-old Boykin spaniel.

In her spare time—though she has very little with work and school—she and Cole love spending time with family, friends and their dogs. They enjoy going downtown in Columbus and listening to a good band or watching a good baseball game or football game (and she says, “Go Braves!” and “War Eagle!”). They also are very involved in their church and volunteer in the youth group there.

Cora Beth, thank you so much for the difference you have made in the lives of patients in the relatively short time you have worked here and for already beginning to develop a legacy in how our team members are serving our patients even better. You are certainly exemplary, and we could not be prouder that you are part of the WellStar West Georgia family.