1. ) What is your position and role at Gillette? I am an evening charge nurse on the Adult Unit at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and am lucky to be part of a fantastic care team. My role is to help coordinate care for our patients and families from the moment they come to my unit until they are discharged. I also serve as a resource for all patients, families, and Gillette staff during the evening hours to ensure we provide the best possible family-centered care. My role varies and changes every day, but I ultimately strive to be a team leader and help advocate for our patients and their families.
2.) Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? This is embarrassing to share but it will always stay with me as a favorite moment. To provide some background, I am a huge Minnesota Wild hockey fan. During my first year at Gillette, I was lucky enough to be working when their mascot, Nordy, stopped by for a visit. Having the chance to meet Nordy was basically a dream come true. I gasped, and then quickly tried to cover it up because he was there to visit our patients, not me! Nordy heard my excited response and came right over. My face turned tomato red and I could barely talk to him but he gave me a big hug. This happened right outside my patient's room where he was audibly laughing. In the end, I'm glad my patient was able to witness my unplanned antics!
3.) What are some of your hobbies outside of work? Anything that involves being outside and active! I love to run, bike, rollerblade and do any kind of skiing. I'm currently training for a trail race and Grandma's Marathon. I'm blessed to be able to spend time with family – especially my nieces. I also love when my Gillette crew gets together outside of work!
4.) Do you have any children or pets? Not yet! My husband Ryan really wants a Husky & a son (or daughter that plays hockey).
5.) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would love to go back to Italy and Portugal and travel to Ireland and New Zealand – but really my list is endless. Since my husband's family is Irish, and my family is Portuguese/Italian, we really love getting back to our origins.
6.) What is one fun fact about you? I secretly love to write. Writing a book is on my bucket list.