I became a nurse as the result of poor care as a patient.  Most nurses were motivated to join the profession ‘to make a difference’.  Same here.  More so – to prevent patients from enduring what I experienced.  

As a new, young mother (unmarried), I had my first baby on a day when the nursing unit was extremely busy and short-staffed.  After a beautiful delivery, I was moved to a crowded postpartum room intended for one patient, but I was the third.  Sandwiched between two other patients’ beds, I lay in my bloodied gown from delivery, no call button for a nurse, and my baby brought immediately to me for breastfeeding.  After attempting to breastfeed on my own, feeling very uncomfortable in the soiled bed, no support person – I began to cry.  In tears is how a wonderful nurse, Beverly, found me.  Even though she was not my nurse, she sprang to action.  Baby back to the nursery, me to the shower – she changed my bed, rearranged beds so I had a call light – and all with a smile.  Beverly took the time to simply care.  

At the time I was a flight attendant with a major airline, however, I knew then I wanted to become a nurse like Beverly.  Without judgment, to simply come alongside a patient or family in need so that no one under my care would feel as I did.

Now 32 years later, I have founded a company based on the same premise – to simply care.  To step in, identify a patient or family’s need, and work it out with them.  

In the midst of a very broken healthcare system, I intend to improve the care experience – one patient at a time.

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