Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Mary on being named the recipient of March of Dimes Minnesota’s 2015 Nurse of the Year – Surgical Services.
What is your position and role at Gillette? I have worked at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare as a registered nurse in the Surgery department for over 25 years. My current role is working as one of the Surgery department charge nurses. In this role I supervise and support nursing staff as we work together to care for our patients who are having surgery. Communication and coordination is a large part of my job. I communicate with the entire surgical team as we plan ahead for our patients before their procedure. We also work together each day to ensure an excellent experience for our patients.
Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? I remember when I began working at Gillette one of my new co-workers told me “once you start working at Gillette this is where you will stay because it is such a rewarding experience to work with our patients and their families”. I think my co-worker was correct because I have spent the majority of my nursing career working here.
What do you like best about working at Gillette? I have a neighbor whose child received care at Gillette and shared that not only did her child receive excellent care, but so did she! This comment made me think this is why I work at Gillette! I am so fortunate to work at a job where our focus is providing the best care for our patients and including their families in that care plan.
Do you have any children or pets? I have two beautiful cats! Sophie and Maggie Marie are both eight years old. They are a true part of my family and provide a lot of entertainment and joy in my life.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would like to go to the Vancouver area. I have heard it is a very beautiful area with many fun things to do and to see.
What is one fun fact about you? I was fortunate to work at Valley Fair the first year it was open. I worked at the main gate as a ticket seller. It was such a fun summer job! As a college student it was a great way to meet people, make money, and be a part of the first year of the amusement park!
What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I enjoy being outside. I love walking, working in the garden, and reading or relaxing outside. In the winter months I like to read, cook and get outdoors when it is not too cold.