STEMM Idol: Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC

"I'm a nurse. It's an art and science."

Kelly Sodders, BSN, RN, NE-BC shared with students exactly what she meant by those words when she presented during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series on Tuesday, January 26.

"With healthcare now-a-days, we are trying to get students to understand that healthcare is just as much about an art, and it's that communication and that relationship building," Sodders explained. "Without those skills, you won't be successful at the nursing tasks."

Sodders is the Magnet Program Manager for Good Samaritan Hospital and Upper Valley Medical Center. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Wright State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in nursing administration.

"I work towards nursing excellence," Sodders said. "I am constantly looking at outcomes and patient satisfaction."

Sodders shared that her passion for nursing started when she was young, after her mother spent nearly a year in the hospital.

"That experience really changed my scope and focus," expressed Sodders. "You want to make sure the art piece of what we do really connects with the patient and the family."

Sodders has been a nurse for 12 years and has worked during that time for Premier Health (the parent company of Good Samaritan Hospital and Upper Valley Medical Center).  She is also the Chair of the Premier Health Nursing Recognition Committee, Magnet Champions, Grievance Committee, and Patient Experience Coaches meetings. 

Some of Sodders accomplishments include leading and coordinating a three-day Magnet site visit at Good Samaritan Hospital and co-facilitating a joint commission regulatory survey. On a day-to-day basis, Sodders manages the Good Samaritan Hospital Patient Experience Department and is responsible for the design and implementation of processes and procedures involving the Professional Practice Model and Magnet status.

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at