What is your title?
Licensed Practical Nurse
How long have you been employed for us and what has your position been?
I’ve been here 16 years. The first six years I spent in intensive care, and then I’ve been here in the specialty clinic for 10 years.
What is a typical day like for you?
There’s no such thing as a typical day here. That’s what’s fun about my job, is that it’s something different every day. I see patients, do a nursing assessment, get all the questions answered for the physicians for that day. Then I’m constantly preparing for the next clinic that’s happening and going back and following back on clinics that already happened. It’s never-ending but enjoyable.
What is your family like?
I have been married for 19 years on (Sept. 25). My husband Brian is an amazing gentleman, and he’s a lieutenant at the sheriff’s department in Marquette County. We have two beautiful children; my daughter is a freshman in high school, and my son is 12 and in sixth grade. They’re both very active and keep me on my toes.
If you could do another job for a day, what would it be and why?
I love to sing, so I think I would be a singer. Probably in contemporary Christian because I sing in church a lot. Also, Broadway show tunes are amazing, too. If I’m home alone, I could probably be heard singing along to the soundtrack of Phantom of the Opera.
What is something about yourself that might surprise others?
I once auditioned for American Idol. Obviously, I’m still here, so it didn’t go very far (laughs). Just the fact I drove to Cleveland by myself and sat in line for hours, went through and did it was quite an experience.
I sang “Something To Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt. You have to be really, really good, or really, really bad, or make a spectacle of yourself to make it in front of the main judges. I don’t think I fit into any of those categories.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to read, I love to garden and I like to exercise. A lot of my time is spent enjoying my children’s activities; they’re very busy and I love it. I’m also very active in my church.
What is your favorite part about working at UPHS?
Working here, I have the opportunity, in whatever small way, to improve the lives of children in the UP. That is an incredibly rewarding thing to be able to do.