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An edited photograph of Licensed Practical Nurse, Tyler Henkle, smiling while wearing scrubs. The text " I Love Nursing" is written on the image.

Tyler Henkle, LPN.

(This article is part of Virginia Gay Hospital’s bi-annual publication, “Thrive” Fall/Winter 2017 issue and has been updated. An online version of the entire publication can be found at https://myvgh.org/thrive/)


For Tyler Henkle, the transition to being one of Virginia Gay’s only male clinic nurses has been fulfilling and smooth.

“I have experience working as a CNA in a nursing home and working as a nurse in long-term care as well,” says Tyler. “Before that, one of my experiences was compounding sterile IV medications for home infusion. I worked in Cedar Rapids and wore a sterile gown, sterile gloves, and worked in a sterile room. Supplies would come into the room with instructions for making the medication; I would follow the directions, send the medication out and start over again. I often worked four hours or more without talking with anyone. My family tells me this role at the Vinton Family Medical Clinic fits my personality much better.”

There are a number of things Tyler especially enjoys about working as a nurse in Virginia Gay’s Vinton location.

“On a practical level I enjoy the four block commute instead of the drive to Cedar Rapids,” explains Tyler, “and I also like the benefits we have as employees of Virginia Gay. It’s the best of both worlds really, working close to home and having great benefits.”

“In a small town, patients are also the people you meet in the grocery store or anywhere else in town,” says Tyler, “and it’s very fulfilling to have them tell me thanks or that they’re doing better. Even beyond that, there is a feeling of satisfaction knowing I have been entrusted with very personal information and that my patients know I will always respect their privacy. That isn’t just a compliment for me; it’s a compliment to everyone who works at Virginia Gay.”

According to Tyler, having a respectful and collegial working environment is an important element for providing great health care to patients.

“We know we can depend on other members of the team to do their part with the interest of the patient first in mind. I believe patients get a big benefit from a team that respects each other. That means a nurse can voice thoughts or concerns to the doctor or another provider, and that the providers feel comfortable sharing their thoughts with us. A respectful and collegial working environment is the key to the give and take that allows everyone to contribute to the patient’s well-being.”

“Being a nurse at Virginia Gay,” says Tyler, “has given me wonderful experiences I couldn’t get outside patient care and to sum it all up, I just love what I do.”

If you are interested in nursing opportunities at Virginia Gay Hospital & Clinics, please visit our website: nursingatvirginiagayhospital.com.