Member Spotlight: Sheila Bjerrum
Home Health of
Midwest Covenant Home
Hometown: Stromsburg, NE
Education: A.D. Nursing,
University of Nebraska Med Center,
Human and Social Services Administration,
Brooklyn, Jesse, Dana,
Grandchildren: Hayden (12), Brock (10), Taryn
(8), Rylen (4), Cecily (2)
sports, crocheting, reading, sewing, yard work
Favorite TV Show or Movie? Anything on the Food Network and Fixer Upper
Favorite Vacation Spot: Colorado
or any place warm
Favorite App or Technology: Amazon Prime
Why Did You Choose to Become a Home Health, Home Care or
I have previous home health experience in 1991 –
2000 (Polk County Health Department) and 2009 – 2012 (Tabitha Health Care
Services – York). When I received the
phone call to start a new home health agency in my hometown, it seemed natural
to come back “home”.
Mentor Who Has Helped Me the Most in My Career:
Joanne Petrik and Chris Young. Joanne was a Nurse Consultant and Interim
Administrator that I worked under while I was a Director of Nursing. She demonstrated compassion for staff and
residents while managing the entire facility.
Chris Young was Administrator while I was Director of Nursing as
well. I learned to see things from a
larger perspective through his vision. I
still quote to this day, “What’s the worst that can happen?” He taught me to look at our vision and see
how to best achieve that. Both have
helped to shape my nursing philosophy.
How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few
Why Are You a Nebraska Home Care Association Member and
What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership?
In Home Care we see patients with increasingly
difficult illnesses and debilities. Skilled nurses are needed to assist patients in managing these complex
co-morbidities. Yet, reimbursement is more difficult to obtain
and manage. I am concerned that the demands placed on
nurses and changes in reimbursement will negatively affect the availability of
accessible and quality home care. Home
care will need to be even more creative in their ability to handle these
Being a new home health agency, I have
appreciated the education and trainings offered by the Association.
Not only is the information valuable but the
networking opportunities enable home care staff to connect with and learn from
Something About Me Not Everyone Knows:
I drive the combine during harvest!
What Is a Best Practice or a New Idea You’ve Recently Implemented in Your
We are a brand new agency so just being able to
see patients is a new idea for us! We
hope to adopt some current best practices into our caregiving.
Career You’d Like to Try if You Weren’t a Home Health,
Home Care or Hospice Provider:
I also love long term care nursing. If I could work outside of the health field, I
would like to have a craft store or sewing business.
Share a Story About Caring for a Patient that Was a
This is a challenge for me. Over the 32+ years that I have been a nurse,
I have so many memories to share. The
most rewarding experience for me is when I have been able to help someone grow
as a person. Being ill is not pleasant
for anyone. As a nurse, we are tasked
with the caring for a patient’s physical needs but even more important than
that, is the relationship that builds between you and your patient. It’s this caregiving of the patient that
develops into the compassion and trust that patients need on their life
journey. Opening my heart to my patients
has been the most rewarding experience for me.