Saturday, March 16, 2013
March Madness--Day 16--My Biggest Accomplishment
My biggest accomplishment is my career as a registered nurse. I still think to myself quite often that the smartest thing I ever did was go to nursing school. I had no big plan to be a nurse in high school or anything like that--in fact, in high school, and then after high school, I worked at Newport News Shipbuilding as an assistant to one of the engineers in the estimating department. That's where I got my love of computers. I kept learning different programs, and ended up putting together big proposals for government contracts for a company that specialized in managing on-base services like mess halls, laundries, and so forth. It was there I first used a PC, a spreadsheet program (Lotus 1-2-3) and Windows 1.0.
Anyhow, to make a long story short--we moved to Florida, and I couldn't find a job in the field I had been in. My then-husband worked nights, and I wanted to work nights too, so I went to the local hospital and applied for anything clerical. I ended up getting a job as a unit clerk in the Emergency Department. I was there all of 2 weeks, when I realized that I wanted to be doing what the nurses were doing! The hospital put me through EMT school, and then nursing school. I worked full-time for them--two doubles and an eight every weekend, and school all week. It was exhausting and exhilarating. I finally graduated, and moved to Boulder, CO. I went right to work in a surgical ICU, and spent the next 8 years working in ICUs in Nevada, Montana, and Alaska. Then, I switched to OR for a few years, and then to management in skilled nursing facilities. Here I am, a Director of Nursing, and so very glad I have this wonderful career.