Cassie Sjostrom, R.N., U.S. Board Certified RNC-NIC
READERS CHOICE AWARD WINNER
Employed: Sanford Health's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Quote: "See the good, ignore the negative."
As a child, Cassie Sjostrom's nursing aspirations were focused on babies.
As the oldest daughter in her family, Sjostrom was the baby sitter extraordinaire for her siblings, twin sisters who, as newborns, spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Her natural inclinations were reinforced in middle school as she became the Medi Bear mascot from seventh through 12th grade until 2004. The mascot was for the NICU when it was Medcenter One.
As Sjostrom earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in Grand Forks, she focused on bedside nursing. Prior to college, her high school hosted a medical career fair, which included nursing, and helped her formulate a career path.
Sjostrom's commitment to nursing always rested on helping the families of acutely ill babies, lending support during a crisis and helping newborns attain necessary milestones for improved health.
Nowadays, Sjostrom is leading in Sanford Health's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she teaches other nurses on staff the same keen skills in neonatal nursing she has mastered. In October, Sjostrom represented the hospital in Denver at the Designated Magnet Hospital Leadership Conference.
On a daily basis, Sjostrom is responsible for ensuring the premature newborns are well cared for, reaching their milestones in treatment and nutrition.
Over the years, dozens and dozens of families have come to know Sjostrom. Helping the families during this critical care time is a tremendous priority and privilege, according to Sjostrom.
Recent travel has included the God's Child Project taking Sjostrom and other nurses to Guatemala where their volunteerism is to add value to those working medical professionals challenged by malnutrition and supply chain issues for this country's neo-natal intensive care units.
She has had a few pleasurable trips also along the way, one being soon to Jamaica for fun in the sun with family.
She and her family have always made travel fun to places like the lakes in Minnesota and she did also travel to Juarez, Mexico, on a youth trip with her church in middle school.
A balanced life for Sjostrom includes being married, mothering her two dogs and reading and crafting in her leisure time. Church is also a big part of her home life.
“Cassie's enthusiasm for nursing and dedication to the NICU are infectious. She brings a positive attitude and excellent work ethic to the unit every day. She is a pleasure to work with and asset to the team,” said Kyla Sanders, director of Women's and Children's Health at Sanford.
“Cassie is a wonderful nurse. She is always smiling and teaching families and other staff members. Her positive and caring attitude affects everyone around her. She has a passion for her job that is evident in every action and conversation. She truly is the best of the best!” Brenda Amundson, NICU manager at Sanford, said.
Cassie offers a daily battle cry: “See the good, ignore the negative.”