Known for her calm, caring demeanor as she helps patients recuperating from surgery, Alex Overweg received the 2020 Patricia Van Wyhe Nurse of the Year award from Sanford Health Sioux Falls. A co-worker said her positive, uplifting attitude is contagious among patients and employees alike.
What do you enjoy about your job?
There’s so much! I work with a great team and great leaders. I like the huge variety we see in patient acuity and concerns, because it keeps me learning. It’s fulfilling to be able to recognize needs, find solutions and serve people at critical times in their lives.
How well did Northwestern prepare you for your nursing career?
I felt very prepared. Northwestern did a great job! The college pumps out some pretty top-notch nurses and pre-med students. I got great clinical experience that prepared me for my first job.
What are the strengths of Northwestern’s nursing program?
Northwestern’s nursing professors set up individuals for a smooth transition from student to nurse. The science departments that support the nursing degree are strong; they provide such a sound base of knowledge.
What did you appreciate most about the nursing faculty?
I loved them. They care about you and pour into you.
What have you come to value about your Northwestern experience?
Coaches, professors, staff and friends all invested time and energy into me and helped me grow into the person I am today. I’m very grateful.
What are your dreams for your nursing career?
I want to be known for loving people well and being an encourager. Also, my nursing career goals will forever include a balance between work and home.