VAN WERT - For 27 years, Faye Mohr has served with dedication as a registered nurse at Van Wert Hospital. In all of those years, she has never missed work due to weather conditions in spite of the fact that she lives in the country four miles southeast of Van Wert. Mohr admitted that she has somewhat of an advantage because her family farms and is into snow removal. Her driveway is always clean in the morning when she leaves for work.

Once there was a close call, said Mohr, but a family member plowed the entire four miles to the hospital with the dedicated nurse right behind him.

“There is a lot of teamwork among our coworkers,” said Mohr. “If there is bad weather here or on the way, we switch call days. Town people who can get here easier will take call on certain days if bad weather is predicted.

“For floor nurses, there are rooms available on the fourth floor where they can stay,” continued Mohr. “The hospital has been very gracious for adding extra beds to use.”

Mohr said that if nursing employees are in a weather position where they feel that they can’t make it to work within 20 minutes, then they are asked to spend the night.

Mohr trained for her nursing degree at Parkview Hospital and worked there briefly in the operating room. However, when an opportunity opened at Van Wert, she decided to move back to this area.

Mohr, the daughter of Larry and Sue Linton who operate a family farm in rural Van Wert County, graduated from Lincolnview High School. She attributes her “call” to nursing to a serious farm accident she was involved in when she was 13-years-old.

“When I was 13, I was in a bad tractor accident,” said Mohr. “I had to have multiple surgeries. I was so impressed by the nurses that I decided that I wanted to be a nurse.”

Mohr chuckled about her professional decision because most of her family members didn’t like hospitals. “They were amazed when I said that I wanted to be a surgical nurse,” said Mohr, whose husband, Greg, works at Eaton Corporation.

The Van Wert County couple has two children, Kelsey, a senior at Lincolnview who is looking to train for occupational therapy and a son, Ryan, who farms with her father and is a Beck seed salesman.

“Once I got into nurse’s training, I realized that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” said Mohr. “Being from a small area, I know a lot of the patients who come in here. It’s a great feeling to be able to help them out, but when you have to give some bad news, you have to keep in mind that you are doing all of this to help people.”

In addition to certain commitment requirements, Mohr said that there are daily meetings considering the safety needs of each individual patient. Special consideration is given to each individual need in the event of threatening weather.

“I never think of staying home during bad weather; all I want to do is get in here to help the people. You want to feel like you are giving them the best care possible, whatever it takes,” observed Mohr. “I’m so glad I did this,” said Mohr, now the managing surgical nurse.

Even though her responsibilities these days are more closely connected to details and leadership, she still tries to intermingle with patients when opportunities present themselves.

“I like to stay in touch with everything that goes on back there,” said Mohr. “I laugh and cry with the patients. Their care is what matters the most to me. I really care about each individual.”