Being a great nurse has been my ambition since graduating from the High School of Health Careers, a magnet school in St. Louis, Missouri. Since that time I beat the odds by returning back to school and obtaining a Bachelors degree in my 30's. Currently I have over 20 years of medical experience, including over 16 years of military service. Dedication to family, faith community, and my country are among my top priorities, and it is these motivators that push me to achieve more in my career.
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To some, nursing is simply a job, a way to earn a living. To me, nursing is an extension of my healthcare education and experience that gives me the opportunity to make a patient's and their family's life better. Nursing isn't simply caring for the patient while they're sick, it's also an opportunity to support and educate the patient so their recovery is faster and more permanent.
I am seeking an MSN degree in Healthcare Systems Management to gain the skills and knowledge base to advocate for my patients on a higher organizational level than bedside nurse. I want to ensure my patients are consistently safe, treated with the respect and dignity they deserve and that they are delivered cost-effective care.
Nursing is my life and my passion; I have never considered nursing to be a job but my calling. I began my nursing career in 1987 after graduating from Harrisburg Area Community College with my ADN. Since that time I have pursued my love for nursing in hospital, home care, and hospice care settings. Presently, I enjoy nursing as part of the Nursing Leadership at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading Pennsylvania where I have been the Nurse Manager in the Infusion Center for the past four years.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever" (Mahatma Gandhi).
The old saying "You don't know what you don't know", applied to me 26 years ago when I first became a new graduate. To me nursing is a calling; a social responsibility much bigger than myself. I was eager, excited, thinking I knew everything needed to be an RN. What a surprise and learning experience I encountered! Years later after a multitude of roles, experience, and maturity, I find myself "seasoned", but with the same principles and goals.
Since 1971, I practically eat, breathe, and barely sleep nursing. My mom was grandfathered in as an LPN on Henry Clay with the Sisters of the Poor. I've always admire her caring for those who were ill and I hungered for that knowledge of how to help them. Well, I found my "niche" in Cardiovascular Nursing but long to be knowledgeable in the "big Picture" (that being Health Care System).
Seeking my Masters, I am reminded of the great plans I had for my future education and the bitter sweet disappointments that despite my career success, still tug at my heart. I intended to get my BSN while pursuing my RN diploma; unfortunately life altered those plans as it often does. Children, aging parents, and a burgeoning career consumed my time while an academic nursing environment not particularly welcoming to the stigmatized diploma graduate of the eighties sapped my resolve.
When choosing my career path I looked to find a field that has direct meaning and impact on others. Nursing, to me, was exactly that. I have been involved in numerous journeys with people during difficult times. A nurse has the ability to make a sad, painful, and/or life changing moment a little easier with the care provided. As a nurse I strive to provide thorough and efficient care to my patients all while maintaining a positive attitude and a smile on my face. The nursing field can be stressful, fast-paced and demanding.
Practicing nursing for the last 17 years has provided me with the foundations to make changes in today's health care industry. I started my nursing career at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. Thereafter, I enrolled in the midwifery program at NYU Graduate School. After the attacks on the World Trade Center, I withdrew to reduce my exposure to NYC. Incidentally, I started working on a high risk obstetrical unit. Shortly thereafter, I assumed a charge roll overseeing the daily/nightly operations where I discovered a love for management.
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“I was drawn to Loyola because of the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, which emphasizes the formation of the unique person in his or her entirety. The experience of working and learning with students in their development as nursing leaders is most rewarding.”