SpecialtyOccupational Health Nurse
I initially turned to nursing as a potential career when I was 16. My younger brother was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. After my mom had spent a week in the hospital, my brother asked me to stay with him for one night. During that night, I cared for his trach, dressings, and tried to comfort his pain. I became his companion, protector, care giver, advocator, and confidant. It was such a fulfilling and gratifying experience. The PCU and ICU were truly my initial loves - the complexity of maintaining equipment and medication, caring for the entire family, and either helping individuals improve or die with dignighty kept every day fulfilling and exhausting. After I finished graduate school, I entered the consulting world and traveled around the United States. In this position, I helped hospitals and healthcare companies better manage, improve productivity and become more cost effective. When I had my first child, I wanted to only work part-time, so began to work in occupational health. As a "plant nurse," I work as a care giver, educator, and confidant. The nursing profession is constantly changing, so it keeps it exciting. The opportunities are endless on where your interests are and where your life is leading you. Every day I feel fortunate to call myself a nurse and make a difference is someone's life. Nursing is not just a job, but of part of who I am.