Interacting with senior citizens has been a major part of my life, since I was a little girl. I loved interacting with them, listening to their stories and seeing them smile and laugh.
In high school, I volunteered at the nursing home across from the school. Even as a teenager, my heart instinctively felt their burdens of aging. Due to the heaviness, I decided to move on and would find myself in the business world. Nearly 20 years in the automobile business allowed me the constant contact with people that I enjoyed, and to hone my knowledge and skills in customer service, supervision, training, sales and marketing.
As my parents began ailing, I started really contemplating life, and knew I wanted a more fulfilling career; one where I would have the opportunity to “give back.” I left the automobile business and began supervising group homes for adults with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and medical concerns. The residents and the work quickly got into my heart again. That is when I began thinking about a career in nursing. I saw the need for people who genuinely cared for all patients of differing backgrounds and needs. With the education and training as a nurse, I would be able to give patients the knowledgeable compassionate care they deserved.
While working on my pre-requisites for nursing school, I worked in a home with 7 adults with schizophrenia and major medical issues. I also worked at a local assisted living facility, administering medications and providing personal care to residents. Caring for people just seemed so natural. Funny, when being a nurse had never been on my “radar” as a girl, or so I thought. Now however, my boys were grown and on their own. It was time to make a future for myself.
Aside from a hurdle or two, I graduated from Eastern Maine Community College in 2015, with honors and passed my NCLEX licensing for my RN, shortly after. Since then I have gained a tremendous amount of experience as a medical-surgical nurse, caring for post-surgical patients and patients with a wide variety of illnesses. Chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and cancer are growing at an alarming rate, due to lack of health maintenance, patient education, and access to affordable care. I have seen too many patients, young and old, lose toes, feet and limbs unnecessarily.
Despite the multi-faceted issues of the current system, we all must address the issues one step at time, being disciplined as individuals and helping however we can. Being proactive in the management of our health will minimize the burdens on ourselves, our loved ones and to our overall healthcare system. That is why I have started “Fundamental Foot Care.”
- Hands-On Foot Care Training – Dr. Julia Overstreet, Podiatrist & Foot Surgeon, Seattle, WA
- Foot Care Specialist Certification – American Foot Care Nurses Association
- Supervisor of Group Homes for Adults with Major Mental Illness, Intellectual Disabilities, Major Medical Issues
- Direct Service Professional for 7 Adults with Schizophrenia and Major Medical Issues
- Certified Resident Medication Administration and Personal Care Attendant at Assisted Living Facility
- Northern Light – Eastern Maine Medical Center – Medical/Surgical and Neurological/Orthopedics Units
- St. Joseph Hospital – Cardiac/Pulmonary Care Unit
- BLS and ACLS Certifications
- Preceptor, Student Nurses, New Graduate RN’s, Traveling RN’s
- Past Adjunct Clinical Instructor, Eastern Maine Community College
- Past Independent Consultant, OHI – Medication Administration