When did you become a nurse and how long have you been at Ketchikan General Hospital?
I've been at KGH from 1980-81 and 1986 to the present.
Why did you decide to become a nurse?
A career that gave purpose to my life.
Challenging, intellectually stimulating, ability to interact and work with patients and their families in crisis, mentoring nurses who are new to the field, working with different disciplines-physicians, respiratory therapist, rehabilitation therapists, etc. to develop the best treatment plan for patients.
What have been some of the most challenging aspects of your work?
Keeping up-to-date with best practices while working in a small rural facility. Trying to help management understand the issues and concerns of staff who are taking care of patients on the front-line.
What is it like to be recognized as Ketchikan Nurse of the Year?
Not natural to be put in the spotlight.