Division Chief Nursing Executive, HCA MidAmerica, Kansas City
Boes has been a part of HCA Healthcare for the duration of her nursing career—a total of 18 years. But prior to becoming a nurse, her exercise science degree landed her a job at a fitness center, where she worked with rehab patients.
“I found that I really liked the patients a lot more than the normal clientele and the connection you could make with them,” she recalls. “I’m a big science and math person, so I love that. But I’m very relational and love the personal connection you can make with your patients.”
That realization led Boes to Research College of Nursing, an HCA Healthcare affiliate. She benefitted from HCA Healthcare’s scholarship program, which helped pay for educational expenses.
What’s kept you at HCA Healthcare?
“Really, it was because I constantly had leaders and mentors who saw things in me that I didn’t even see in myself. They invested in developing me and making me a better nurse and leader. I really loved that investment.
The network of leaders you can learn from, and just the focus on the mission that HCA Healthcare continues to have. It was really reiterated during the pandemic with how well we treated our colleagues.”
What was your role when you first came to HCA Healthcare?
“It was at Research Medical Center on the oncology unit. I chose oncology because, as I started nursing school, my stepfather passed away from pancreatic cancer. I saw the connection the nurses made with him and with my family and the difference they made. And so, I chose that and worked the night shift as a staff nurse.”
What were your professional goals early on?
“When I was a staff nurse, I never thought I was going to be a CNO or a DCNE someday. I thought I was going to be a really great staff nurse and take great care of people. And then, as time went on, my focus shifted to include, ‘how do we care for our colleagues in a way that they can provide great care.’
I worked very hard at being really good at whatever job I was doing at the time, and then the next job usually appeared. Through a lot of consultation with important mentors and people in my life, I ended up where I am today.”
What shaped your leadership development?
“Growing up, my mom did a good job of getting me involved in opportunities to publicly speak, whether it was in the church or through my school. I was also an athlete. I found myself in leadership roles, even as a child. I’m a big believer that good players like to be coached. I’ve followed through with that and kind of kept that as part of my mantra as I’ve grown in leadership. But HCA Healthcare has really done a great job making sure that you get the training or the leadership coaching that you need.”
Are there similarities between the youth coaches you had and your HCA Healthcare mentors?
“I’m a big believer that you’ve got to love them before you lead them. I think I’m invested in the people that work with me both personally and professionally. I think the people that I looked up to throughout my life and in my HCA Healthcare career did that. They knew what would be impactful to me when coaching me to be better, and I knew that they would do it in a caring way.”
What’s your advice to others aspiring to grow their careers with HCA Healthcare?
“I think saying ‘Yes’ is important. I said ‘Yes’ to all sorts of different things throughout my career, whether it was being a super user when we rolled out Meditech years ago or being willing to go to another hospital and help other people out if that’s what needed to happen.
If someone wants to invest in you, listen to that. I think others do see things in us that we don’t see in ourselves, so be open to those things. Listen to your gut when you know it is the right opportunity for you personally and professionally. And then, just do your best at whatever job you’re currently in.”