My story begins when I was 4 years old. My father was diagnoses with Polio in 1952, he became a quadrepelgic, was in an iron lung for a year and then came home for our family to care for him. We had home health nurses and physical therapist coming in to help us. This is when I decided to become a nurse, to be of service to others. As a child I helped in what ever way I could, despite feeling unable to do more. My father died from complications: pneumonia; for his lungs were not strong enough to fight off the infection. I was 9 years old in 1957.
Education became very important to me in order to meet my goal and become a nurse. In high school I took all my pre-requisites in order to enter Nursing School in 1967. I graduated From Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing in 1970. The school was affiliated with the University of Rhode Island and I graduated with 60 college credits.
My first job was at Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island. I worked as the night charge nurse on a 70 bed Surgical Unit. I was waiting for a job to open at Boston City Hospital in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing in September 1970. Where I worked for 2 years.
I moved to California in 1972 and worked as a Psychiatric/Mental health Nurse for 30 years. I worked in a variety of settings: In-Patient, Out-Patient, Clinic, Day Treatment, Home Health and Hospice. I have experience working with all age groups.
California offered great opportunities in Complimentary and Alternative Approaches to care which fueled my passion for service to others. I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 1980 with a BSN in nursing, a Public Health Certificate and a minor in Mental Health.
In 2001 I moved to Homer, Alaska for a simplier life closer to the Earth. I worked with elders in an Assisted-Living Facility for 10 years before I retired. I have worked part time at Homer Medical, which is a Family Practice Clinic since 2003.
In 2011 I attended The Integrative Nurse Coach Training in New York. In 2013 I became Board Certified as a Holistic Nurse and Nurse Coaching, thus being able to call my self a Health and Wellness Nurse Coach. In 2013 I also attended the Advanced Integrative Nurse Coach Training so I could share this with other nurses and became an Affiliate of International Nurse Coach Association.
In 2012 I joined Young Living through a Nurse Coach Cohort.