Jennifer Farfan’s journey at Ottumwa Regional Health Center began in 2001 when she was in nursing school. She first worked as a CNA, then as an LPN, and now she works as an RN. In 2012, she started working in the ICU, and in July she moved to work in the Wound Care Center.
“She is always positive and has a good sense of humor to add to the team,” said Melanie Kipfer Director of Wound Care Center. “Working with Jennifer, you know she is someone you can depend on. You can rely on her to support you and provide good care to your patients.”
On average, the Wound Care Center sees about 30 patients a day and has a heal rate of about 98%.
“Each day is different. I like the variety,” Jennifer shared. “We get to directly impact the patients by seeing them each week until they are healed. That’s unique to me in comparison to the acute care setting that I have been used to.”
“There are a lot of people that have chronic wounds,” Jennifer said. “I didn’t realize the impact that wounds have on limbs, and can cause life-threatening situations. Showers and daily life can be complicated and affected by wounds, so we really get to improve patients’ quality of life.”
Jennifer goes above and beyond by arranging transportation for patients in need and helping set up home care when needed.
“I love the patient contact that I get to experience,” she said. “I never want a job in nursing that isn’t hands-on interaction.”
“Jennifer does an exceptional job providing the highest quality care. Her order follow through is truly role model behavior. Her team is constantly recognizing her during our monthly rounding sessions. We are truly thankful to have her as a part of our team,” Melanie said.
Thank you, Jennifer, for always going the extra mile to ensure healing is the number one priority.