PUBLISHED: 7:24 PM on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Ketchikan nurse honored
A brief on business with five questions
Ann Fama RN, CCRN, is a charge nurse for the ICU and medical surgical unit at Ketchikan General Hospital. She is married to Peter Fama and has three sons, Jake, Joey and Nick. She has been a registered nurse for 28 years and is a 1979 graduate of Marquette University School of Nursing with a BSN. She has lived in Ketchikan since 1980. She was recently named Nurse of the Year by Ketchikan General Hospital.

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.

  Ann Fama
What do you most enjoy about your job?

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.