Nurses of Guthrie

  • Chris, Wound Ostomy, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    Wound Ostomy, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "I started working in health care as a unit clerk. I would watch the nurses around me, giving patients such dedicated care and sustenance, and I knew that was what I wanted to do. It was hard though. I was a full-time mom, full-time employee, and full-time student, and I wasn’t sure how I would do it all. My family kept me going though, particularly my partner Alan and my kids. Not only did I get my nursing degree, but with their support, I even got my BSN and MSN. I have been a nurse for ten years, and it was completely worth it." 

  • Emergency Department, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    Emergency Department, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "When I was in training, I wasn’t sure which department I wanted to work in. I knew I wanted to work with people and care for them, but I also wanted to have that sense of a team. Then I spent a day shadowing in the Emergency Department, and I was hooked. I love being in a fast paced environment, but what is most important is the teamwork. You have to make decisions quickly, and you have to trust your co-workers 100%. Even after a busy shift, we can still come together and laugh. I know that we all look after each other, even in the most critical of situations."

  • Amanda, Emergency Department, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    Emergency Department, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    “My love for animals and all things living started at a young age, and I have always been a supporter of the underdog. My life has been changed through the adoption of my two dogs, Tyson and Isabella, and I have since learned the importance of animal advocacy and adoption. Between graduate school and working full time, I love to spend time raising awareness of the great dogs available at local shelters, and have often been called the “dog matchmaker” in my effort to find homes for these sweet dogs.”

  • Chuck, Medical Oncology/Infusion Center, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    Medical Oncology/Infusion Center, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "As a foot soldier in the army, I learned how to insert an IV line. We had one medic for every 100 men, so we all needed to know how to provide lifesaving first aid. When my four years of active duty finished, I went to school to be an RN, and then joined the Reserves. I worked in Iraq as the company commander for a combat support hospital, taking care of both soldiers and civilians. We were seeing anything from exhaustion and dehydration to shrapnel wounds and head injuries. My training, both as a soldier and a nurse, meant that I was ready to handle any situation that came up."

  • Yvette, ICU, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    ICU, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "My church is a huge part of my life, and who I am. My family and I have been going on mission every year - sometimes twice a year. We have been all sorts of places, but usually we go to the Dominican Republic. My husband works in construction so he builds things like outhouses and repairs roofs, while I help out with delivering primary care to the people in the villages we visit. You see all kinds of illnesses and conditions, from high blood pressure to machete wounds. On a normal day, we will see over 200 people. Once, I remember feeling overwhelmed by it all. I took a little break outside, and a little three year old child came up into my lap, and fell asleep. And it reminded me of why we do this. I felt rejuvenated and at peace."

  • Melissa, 6SW, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    6SW, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "My family is really close. Even as my kids have grown up, and moved away for college, we still spend a lot of time together. Family vacations, riding motorcycles, going to sports games. What really brings us together though is my cooking. I spend most weekends in my kitchen, trying out new recipes. My kids and husband are adventurous eaters, but they are not afraid to tell me what they really think about some of my creations. Sometimes, they love it, others times, not so much. But what matters most to me is having them there, right at home."

  • Wound Ostomy, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    Wound Ostomy, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "Even as a kid, my parents and aunts said that I took care of any cuts I had - I always had a Band-Aid carefully put on. I guess it was natural that I was drawn to wound care. For me, being a part of the healing process is so important. Every patient I see is different, and I want to understand where they are at so that I give them the best support. A lot of my care is technical - how to manage their ostomy bags, how to keep their wounds clean, practical tips. But a lot of it is emotional - helping patients to voice their fears, and finding solutions. Being able to discharge my patients and knowing that they have the confidence to move on with their regular lives is the most satisfying part of my day."

  • Alonna, ICU, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    ICU, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "I was never a runner. Then, one of my friends told me about a half marathon she was doing, and I thought it sounded like a great challenge. We started out doing 5K runs, and then I ran my first half marathon - it was such a sense of success. Now I have run five half marathons and I am already training for my next. Running helps clear my mind after a rough night at work. We see the most critical cases, and at times, it can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. You see hope, and sadness, sickness, and faith. Going for a run helps me to process my shift, and order my mind. Then I am ready to go back in and do it all again."

  • Emergency Department, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    Emergency Department, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "I went into nursing twenty years ago because I wanted to make people feel okay, and give them hope. I didn't realize that one day I would be the patient who needed that hope. In 2003, I suffered from an arteriovenous malformation in my brain and had a series of aneurysms. I ended up needing an open craniotomy. I had seizures, suffered broken bones and had headaches. It was a dark time in my life, but I learned that you can turn it around, that it doesn't have to define you. Now when I see patients, I want them to know that I have been there, I know what it is like to feel sick and scared. I try to guide my patients, and show them that I really understand."

  • 6NW, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    6NW, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "Before I became a nurse, I worked in the restaurant industry for over ten years. I was really nervous when I went to nursing school, until I realized that nursing is just another form of customer service. I see people from every walk of life, and it is my job to find solutions to their problems, and to make sure that they have a good experience. I am someone who is always trying to push myself to try new things and do better. My latest venture has been making wreaths. These have been a hit with my co-workers, and it has been fun teaching myself something new. I never saw myself as a risk-taker, but now I know that I am someone who likes to challenge myself - and it makes me proud."

  • 6 Main, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital


    6 Main, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

    "Family is super important to me. My husband and I chose to stay close to my parents, and our three year old keeps me so busy. Right now, everything is trains. He can name every one he sees, leaving me clueless! Being a mother brings so much joy to my life, and I try to bring that joy back into the unit. I am a firm believer that laughter is the best medicine, and I try to always have a smile on my face, no matter how I am feeling. As a nurse, I am there to take care of patients, and be there for them - just like family."