Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work?
A. I enjoy reading, scrap booking, playing with my kids, spending time with my family and friends.
Q. How long have you worked at Gillette?
A. 11 years- I first worked in the PICU and have been in the PeriAnesthesia department for the last 10 years.
Q. Do you have any kids or pets?
A. 3 kids- ages 10, 8 and 4. Our only pet right now is a fish, which the kids are in charge of feeding and taking care of.
Q. If you could choose a superpower, what would it be?
A. The super power I would love to have would be to stop time or to increase the amount of time in a day- I never seem to have enough time to get everything done that I want to get done!
Q. What is your favorite food?
A. Popcorn- I could live on popcorn!
Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?
A. Australia. I’ve always been fascinated with the wildlife of Australia and I would love to visit that country sometime in my life.
Q. Do you have a favorite musician/band/type of music?
A. My ipod has a large variety of music- some pop, some rock, alternative, a few “boy bands” (for my 8 year old) and a couple of country songs. The majority of what I listen to right now is Christian music. I find that it’s the safest music to listen to with my kids around and they are always with me so that is what we usually have on.
Q. What drew you to Gillette?
A. I have always wanted to work with children. I did a clinical rotation at Gillette when I was in nursing school. When I graduated, there were no jobs open at Gillette though so I ended up working at St. John’s for two years. I had continued to watch for openings at Gillette and when I saw there was an opening in the PICU, I applied and was lucky enough to become a Gillette Nurse!
Q. Do you have a favorite story/memory from Gillette?
A. There are so many. Whenever I think about my job, the first thing that comes to mind is the amazing kids and families. I have met so many families over the years that have taught me so much about what it means to be a nurse, a parent and what unconditional love truly looks like. Our patients and families are often given diagnoses that are challenging and often heartbreaking. Watching their strength in these types of situations is such a humbling experience for me.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?
A. I am extremely passionate about patient education and creating new ways to help our patients and families understand the information we give them. I am an advocate for developing new ways to distribute education and enjoy the freedom Gileltte has allowed me in expanding my career. I, of course, love the patients. Sometimes you can be having a really hard day and things may not be going the way you want them to, but one smile from a patient or one opportunity to hold someone’s hand can really brighten your spirit for the rest of the day. I am also blessed to be able to work with the best group of professionals I have ever met. Gillette is really my “other” family and that truly makes it easy to get up and come to work every day.