I decided I wanted to go into healthcare in 1987 after working for a dentist and loving that job. Working with dental instruments got me thinking about what I could get for an education that would not require a long time commitment. I was a single parent of a 4 year old son and needed to work.
I chose to be a surgical technologist and got my education at Maine Medical Center in Portland in 1988-89. I worked for 6 years in this field knowing all along that I wanted more.
In 1993 before my youngest child turned a year old, I decided to go to nursing school and started taking 2 night classes.
In 1996 I graduated with my ADN from SMTC and went to work full time as a nurse on a Med/Surg unit.
My career has spanned several decades and afforded me the opportunity to experience many different types of nursing. Throughout the years, regardless of what type of nursing I was doing, I always knew I wanted more. I kept challenging myself to learn more and find new ways to improve myself both professionally and personally.
My nursing experience includes OR, ER, Med/Surg, Peds, Labor and Delivery, PACU, Telemedicine, Home health and Hospice. Each new experience challenged me and offered an opportunity for professional growth. In 2005, while being a single mother of 2 children and working full time, I went back to school to get my Bachelors then Masters Degree in Community and Family Nurse Practitioner from Husson University.