Family Service Assistant
My interest in the medical field began when I was 17 years old, the same year my father died after a long, ugly battle with cancer. My hospice volunteer work in the early 90’s was the catalyst in my pursuit of becoming a registered nurse when I was well into my 40’s. Through my 16 year career as an RN, I had the privilege of assisting as new life entered this world and holding the hand of others leaving this life.
My retirement in 2019 has allowed me more time to enjoy the simple life. Hobbies include flower gardening, learning to play the ukulele, small carpentry projects and volunteer work with the Red Cross and my local church. Yet, the top of the list is time spent with my long time four-legged partner, Jack, a 12 year old Yorkiepoo.
I am the proud mother of two adult children and five granddaughters. The miles between us can be a challenge and goodbye’s often bring a moist eye. Watching my grandchildren grow into adulthood has been one of my life’s biggest joys.
I miss the challenges of working in the ER, but my role at O’Connell’s gives me the opportunity to offer help and comfort to our clients during some of their most difficult times. My work there feels much like providing hospice care. I guess once a nurse, always a nurse.