Sherry Mosier, stroke care coordinator at Methodist Hospitals, is passionate about her work - educating patients about strokes and stroke prevention.
"Identification is one of the major issues with strokes," she said. "Having a stroke doesn't hurt like a heart attack. Stroke symptoms are very subtle. That's the reason people don't show up at the hospital right away."
Mosier started working at Methodist Hospitals in 1983. She earned an associate's degree in nursing from Purdue University and a bachelor of nursing degree from Valparaiso University. She also is a certified neuroscience nurse.
Her typical day consists of identifying stroke victims and evaluating patients - making sure evidence-based practice is being utilized to ensure the best outcome for patients. She is involved in data collection, policy procedure development and working with and educating the nursing staff, community and physicians regarding acute stroke care.
Mosier coordinates monthly stroke screenings, alternating between the Midlake (Gary) and Southlake campuses. The next event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Southlake campus, 8701 Broadway, in Merrillville.
"We utilize American Heart Association criteria to assess patients for risk factors for stroke and heart disease," she said. "We look at a patient's age, general health, medications and risk factors relating to stroke and heart disease and educate them on what they can do to prevent a stroke or what to do if a stroke has occurred. The hospital offers this as a free educational offering to the community to ensure we have a healthier community," she added.
"Seeing the patients and their families is the best part of the job," Mosier said. "It's important for them to know that they can get better. It gives you satisfaction as a nurse that you're able to do something pro-active for the patients."
Mosier and her husband, Anthony, live in Valparaiso and have a son, Adam.