Kristen Lyons earns Care Initiatives Always Learn Award

Kristen Lyons, Ravenwood

Kristen Lyons, Assistant Director of Nursing with Ravenwood Specialty Care in Waterloo was awarded the Care Initiatives 2019 “Always Learn Award” at Care Initiatives annual awards brunch Friday, Dec. 6 in West Des Moines.

Lyons’ early career history was working as a labor and delivery nurse at Covenant Hospital. Making a move to work as an MDS Coordinator with Ravenwood took a lot of courage and hours and hours of studying to complete the MDS training. “She became a superstar. She got the MDSs organized, improved communication among staff, residents and families,” Administrator Lori Bellinger said.

 A little less than a year after joining Ravenwood, she was up for another challenge and applied for the Assistant Director of Nursing – another huge learning curve in learning how to lead. “Now she is showing her team how to Always Learn,” Bellinger said.

The “Always Learn” award is one of six Core Value Awards given to a nominated employee throughout the statewide Care Initiatives organization of 3,000+ employees.