Anthony Finkral, Marketing Coordinator


“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.“ — Maya Angelou


Last week, we celebrated National Nurses Week. Nurses are at the forefront of improving patient care and transforming healthcare. BANYAN takes pride in improving the day to day lives of Nurses. Our platform frees up front-line nurses to do what they do best — provide exceptional, uninterrupted, hands-on patient care.

I have always been fascinated on the reason why anyone would want to become a nurse. The job is extremely high demanding and can take a lot out of you. In honor of last week, I wanted to find out more about why anyone would choose nursing as their career choice.

We are blessed to have not one but two former CNOs that work at BANYAN. Cindy Koppen and Linda Rittermeyer are both former nurses and now work hand in hand with hospitals to achieve their clinical transformation goals. I had asked them about why they chose nursing and what they learned from the profession.

Growing up I noticed there were quite a few people hurting and in pain around me; I wanted to help but I just didn’t know how. As I grew up I saw nursing as my opportunity to do something to help others, it felt right in my heart and soul.

Nursing is an amazing calling! I was blessed to begin my career as an NICU nurse and WOW. I learned more about life and myself from my precious patients than I could ever have imagined. And I learned from my nursing peers; the support, love and shared knowledge encouraged me to continue growing my nursing career, so I could return what I had received.

-Linda Rittermeyer VP of Clinical Operations

The skills and experiences I have gained during my nursing career has helped me grow as an individuals. I have learned that every person is important, regardless of whom they are and where they have come from, every single person is important and should be treated as such.

The most important thing that I have learned is that being a nurse is a special privilege and I always remember that others place their trust in us to deliver the best possible care always.

-Cindy Koppen SVP of Clinical Operations

It is a real honor to work with both of these incredible people. I have learned a lot from both of them. A week celebrating nurses is just not long enough. They are vital in delivering care and touch so many lives in the process!