Getting to know area nurses
Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Lafayette, La.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to my childhood sweetheart, Frank, who moved across the street from me when I was 8! We have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?
Besides the grands, my hobbies are fishing, flea-marketing and refinishing the flea market finds for our camp. I also enjoy my yoga classes at Twisted Sisters studio in Youngsville – those sisters are my daughters!
What do you do to relax?
My forms of relaxation are camping (the civilized way), reading and yin yoga.
Where did you attend school?
My high school was Lafayette High, my LPN certification is from Lafayette Regional Vocational Technical School, and my BSN is from USL.
How would you describe your personality inside and outside of the office?
Personality-wise, I suppose I could be described as organized, dependable and conscientious. And I really believe we can all have a good time, enjoy our co-workers and still provide quality care to our patients.
What led you to your profession?
Nursing felt like a good fit for my personality, and after having children, I became interested in the whys and hows of illnesses and treatments.
How long have you been practicing?
My girls were 4 months, 2 years, and 5 years old when I started nursing school in 1985. I became an LPN in 1986, and an RN in 1990, then I went to work as an OR nurse.
What do you find most rewarding about your profession?
As an OB/GYN nurse, I saw many unusual congenital issues in newborns. Most interesting to me were the babies born with conditions that appeared to be catastrophic, and they would miraculously pull through, thanks to modern treatments! However, I most enjoy interventional pain management nursing, which I was first introduced to in 1996. It is so rewarding to be able to participate in helping alleviate, or at least to decrease, a patient’s chronic pain. I especially enjoy being able to follow up with our patients over time.
Why practice in Lafayette?
We are very lucky that Lafayette has quite a few pain management physicians, and I feel fortunate that I was able to join the Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital team when it first opened, and that I get to participate with a group of caring nurses and physicians, hopefully, until I retire…a long time from now!