Employee Spotlight: Kim Schober

We’re proudly highlighting Kim Schober, one of our experienced certified nurses.

What is your job title? Can you give a brief description of what your work involves and how long you have worked here?
“I started as a Staff Nurse and then moved to Clinical Educator, and I am now the First Floor Nurse Manager. I am involved in the daily patient care and staffing of the patients. I am also a resource for the nursing and medical staff for the electronic medical records.”

What events lead you to where you are today at Trustpoint?
“I started at TRHL as a staff nurse while I was working on my Master’s in Nursing Education and Administration. I have transitioned into the positions of Nurse Educator and Nurse Manager when the need has arisen. Each position has so many rewards and allows me to impact patient care in different ways.”

What is one moment that has stood out to you while working at Trustpoint?
“In every position I have had at TRHL , I have seen the teamwork that helps the patients return to their homes. I really enjoy getting together as a team every week where all the therapists, nursing, the doctors, and the social workers discuss each patient’s progress and, together, we come up with a plan to get that patient home as soon and as safely as they can.”

What do you most love about the work you do?
“I LOVE taking care of patients. I love helping people and solving problems. I love getting to know new people. I get to do all of these things and I get to call it a job — My cup runneth over!”

What kind of impact do you hope to have on people at Trustpoint?
“I want people to know that they are important. I want patients and their families to feel that Trustpoint cared about them when they were not doing so well and we can help them out until they can get back on their feet.”

Can you tell us a little about your family?
“I have been married to my best friend, Milton, for 17 years. I have four kids: Kayla, 27 (and her husband Griffin), Karlee, 24, Chloe, 15 and Trey, 13. I am the grandmother to the cutest granddaughter in the world, Miss Bryar Ann. I have three dogs, two cats, and we just got a dozen chickens!”

What’s your favorite way to spend your time away from work?
“I love to run and to read (not at the same time). I am currently training for the Houston Half Marathon and I am on the Epilepsy Foundation Team. I am very active in my church and I sing on the praise team. In my spare (ha ha!) time, I love to just be with my family at home.

I was privileged to go to Cape Town, South Africa in July to present a poster that was part of a research project that I completed during my Master’s program at Lubbock Christian University. My research project focused on the infection control policy that we are currently using at Trustpoint hospital and how educating patients on hand washing techniques has drastically reduced our infection rate at the hospital. I received the Rising Star Research Award from Sigma Theta Tau, the National Nursing Honor Society.

South Africa is a beautiful country with so much history and culture. While in South Africa I was able to go on a Safari, go to the Cape of Good Hope and see where the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans meet. I also had the opportunity to see Penguins in their natural habitat. It was the trip of a lifetime!”

What are your favorite things about Lubbock?
“I grew up in Lockney and moved to Lubbock in 1984. I guess I will be here forever! I love Thai Thai, and all the Mexican food I can get (spicy food is my favorite). I love the Fall and the cool weather in Lubbock! And, I am an avid football fan — GUNS UP!”

What characteristic do you most admire about the people of Lubbock (and its surrounding areas)?
“The people of Lubbock are as nice as you will ever meet. I am still amazed that when you go to other parts of the world and other parts of the country, people don’t talk to each other like we do here.”

If you could tell the people one thing about Trustpoint, what would it be?
“If you ever want to see lives really changed, this is the place to be. I have never had a job where I can make such a difference to people. I have worked in places like the emergency room and we make a difference there too, but it is a very short duration. At Trustpoint, we get to know the patients and their families and the things we teach them over the weeks and months they are here will impact the rest of their lives.”