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By Staff | May 13, 2010

Helping people has been Jan Schacherer’s job for the past 44 1/2 years.

Schacherer recently was honored for being one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses.

Schacherer graduated from a three-year program at St. Joseph School of Nursing in Sioux City. She notes many nursing programs are either two years or four years today.

After her schooling, she came directly to Estherville and Holy Family Hospital where she has worked since.

Her first duties were on the surgical floor, working in the surgery and recovery rooms.

She said her role expanded to many different jobs and roles as she gained skills over the years.

She been a nurse supervisor and in management. She helped implement the weekend walk-in clinic and also been in charge of the specialty clinics held at the hospital.

The past six years she has worked with Dr. Doug Stangl.

“I’ve always been glad to be a nurse-I like the challenges and the satisfaction that you get from helping take care of people,” Schacherer said.

She’s also enjoyed teaching other nurses and helping them to develop their skills.

“I’m lucky to have worked with great physicians and co-workers,” she said. “We have a very dedicated staff at our hospital.”

The changes in the medical field have been great during her tenure.

“When I first started we didn’t have pumps and monitors,” she said.

A bad day for a nurse is “working hard to save a patient and the feeling of sadness” when unsuccessful.

Good days were “days you feel you helped others and made a difference in their lives.”

Jan is married to Bob Schacherer who was injured in a farm accident and has been in wheelchair for several. A few years ago, Bob also survived a combine fire.

“My nursing skills have come in handy,” Jan said.

Bob and Jan have three children – only Laura remained in medicine as she received a doctorate in pharmacy. Mike is a graphic designer and Brian works at a bank.

Schacherer, who retired last fall, is still keeping busy vising grandchildren and doing the things she loves such as sewing, knitting and reading.

Top nurse

By Staff | May 13, 2010

Jan Schacherer accepts her award as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses.

Helping people has been Jan Schacherer’s job for the past 44 1/2 years.

Schacherer recently was honored for being one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses.

Schacherer graduated from a three-year program at St. Joseph School of Nursing in Sioux City. She notes many nursing programs are either two years or four years today.

After her schooling, she came directly to Estherville and Holy Family Hospital where she has worked since.

Her first duties were on the surgical floor, working in the surgery and recovery rooms.

During National Hospital Week, Avera Holy Family honored Jan Schacherer, who was named one of the 100 Great Nurses of Iowa. Pictured fro left to right are hospital and clinic co-workers, Jan Ehmen, Kris Fay, Kim Steffes, Amy Adams, Kim Jondle, Schacherer, Jan Sathre, Candi Wacker, Christy Flaharty, Jo Rehm, Carri Duitsman and Tabitha Ruden. EDN photo by David Swartz

She said her role expanded to many different jobs and roles as she gained skills over the years.

She been a nurse supervisor and in management. She helped implement the weekend walk-in clinic and also been in charge of the specialty clinics held at the hospital.

The past six years she has worked with Dr. Doug Stangl.

“I’ve always been glad to be a nurse-I like the challenges and the satisfaction that you get from helping take care of people,” Schacherer said.

She’s also enjoyed teaching other nurses and helping them to develop their skills.

“I’m lucky to have worked with great physicians and co-workers,” she said. “We have a very dedicated staff at our hospital.”

The changes in the medical field have been great during her tenure.

“When I first started we didn’t have pumps and monitors,” she said.

A bad day for a nurse is “working hard to save a patient and the feeling of sadness” when unsuccessful.

Good days were “days you feel you helped others and made a difference in their lives.”

Jan is married to Bob Schacherer who was injured in a farm accident and has been in wheelchair for several. A few years ago, Bob also survived a combine fire.

“My nursing skills have come in handy,” Jan said.

Bob and Jan have three children – only Laura remained in medicine as she received a doctorate in pharmacy. Mike is a graphic designer and Brian works at a bank.

Schacherer, who retired last fall, is still keeping busy vising grandchildren and doing the things she loves such as sewing, knitting and reading.