- Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Family, pets, hobbies, etc.)
I am a newly-wed married in November of 2020! We have two boys, Sawyer, 8, and Jude, 6. We love to spend time together and travel! Our boys keep us busy with sports and we are very involved with our church community. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree so my plate is very full!- Give us 3 of your life’s biggest highlights.
Three biggest life highlights include: from Sept 2015-July 2016 I did an 11-month mission trip to 11 different countries in Central America, Asia, and Africa. In November 2019, I was finally able to legally adopt my son after he spent 3.5 years in foster care. November 6, 2020, I got married and it was the best day ever!- As a nurse at PediCare, what is one single duty of your job that gives you a sense of total compassion or success?
As a nurse with PediCare I work with a 2-year-old little girl who I adore. The best part of my job is when she gets worked up and I settle into the recliner with her in my arms and she calms and sleeps on my chest. There’s no better feeling in the world than knowing that she feels comfortable and safe enough to rest when I’m holding her!- If you were to write a self-help book what would it be?Ha! I’m the one that needs the self-help book. But if I wrote my own, the focus would have to be on how you absolutely cannot do this life alone. You need Jesus and you need a good community.
- What is your personal mantra?
I have “Be Still” tattooed on my arm where I see it all the time. I have to remind myself I am not in control, I cannot do this in my own strength, and sometimes I just need to be still and let God work.- As a private-duty nurse, what would you tell other nurses looking to join and make an impact within the private-duty nursing field?
I have ALWAYS said I will NEVER do home health. BUT, this is unlike anything I ever imagined. The joy these children bring and the irreplaceable lessons they teach you will change your life. This work has a purpose and you end up gaining more than you could ever give!- What was your favorite superhero as a child?Wonder Woman- If you could change one thing about private duty nursing, what would it be?
I wish it wasn’t so hard to compete with the hospitals and other clinical jobs. Finding coverage for our patients can prove to be difficult and it leaves our families run down and exhausted without help. I hope more nurses open their eyes to other opportunities and take the leap to see how life-changing this job can be!