Celebrating Nurses Week: Coleen Wells

May 11, 2015

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Coleen Wells


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Mary Beth Spence
Senior Manager, Media Relations

In celebration of National Nurses Week, Emory Saint Joseph's introduces nurse Coleen Wells.

How long have you worked at Emory Saint Joseph's?

Since I moved here from New York in November 2003.

What units have you worked in?

First, on 6 West for two-plus years, followed by ARU (admission and recovery unit) for about the same time. I have the honor of working with some of the best nurses at Emory Saint Joseph's, who are my family.

What is your current role?

I found my true love of cardiology working in the Electrophysiology Lab, where I have been for seven years now. Last year, I obtained my certification as a Registered Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Specialist.

Why did you choose a career in nursing?

I knew as a young girl that I wanted to be a nurse. I watched my beloved grandmother die from COPD and decided I wanted to help sick people. My husband and I never had children, so I believe my maternal instincts are satisfied, caring for my patients. I take pride in the fact that I can make my patients more at ease during stressful times for them. Having gone through some difficult diagnoses with my family, I truly empathize with my patients.

Have you received any special awards?

In May 2013, I was awarded the "Outstanding Patient Advocate" by my co-workers.