Timothy Sedlacek of Springfield has been named the June Employee of the Month at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. Sedlacek has worked as a trauma nurse specialist in the Emergency Department for the past nine years. Sedlacek was nominated for the honor by his co-worker, Kathy Vogt, for his willingness to go above and beyond.
Sedlacek was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A Gulf War veteran, Sedlacek served in the Navy from 1987 to 1991. After graduating from Lincoln Land Community College with a nursing degree, he began his work in the Emergency Department at ALMH in 2004. He is an instructor of Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and is currently working towards completing his Board Certified Emergency Nurse credential.
“To be a trauma nurse you have to have a sense of adventure and the ability to think under pressure, think outside the box and know when to ask for help or offer it,” said Sedlacek. “The greatest joy in my job is that you never know what you are going to get. We deal with everything from concerned parents with sick newborns to resuscitating a patient and getting them back. “
Sedlacek recommends nursing and has advice for those interested in the field.
“I would tell someone getting into nursing that it takes skill and an art of learning and caring. It is a demanding and fulfilling career. But the most important thing is to remember to stay humble, you might be working in the Emergency Room today but tomorrow you might be the one who needs help from your fellow nurses.”
Sedlacek is engaged to Nicole Hamilton. They live in Springfield with their two dogs, Serenity and Chewie. He enjoys working out, movies, and training his Dutch Shepherd search and rescue dog, Serenity.
ALMH is a 25-bed critical access hospital located at 200 Stahlhut Drive in Lincoln, Illinois and is an affiliate of Memorial Health System. ALMH employs more than 315 in a variety of roles. For more information about ALMH, visit ALMH.org.