Lynn Clugston, of Rolla, who has worked 46 years in the nursing field, including 34 and 1/2 years at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, is retiring. A celebration for Clugston was held Wednesday afternoon at PCRMC.
About Clugston: Clugston has worked in obstetrics, the care of pregnant women and newborn infants as well as labor and delivery, for most of her career. She also has worked in the intensive care unit and on the surgery floor. She began working at PCRMC in July of 1978.
What inspired you to go into nursing? “I wanted to be a nurse in high school,” she said, recalling that when she had mumps as a child, a nurse came to visit her. “I just thought it was cool,” Clugston said.
What has been your favorite part of your job? “I like all parts that have to do with teaching,” she said.
What is something that people may not know about your job? Clugston said while many people may think delivery and labor is all positive, “that’s not always the case. We have sick moms and sick babies. As a nurse, you are responsible for two patients and one of them, you can’t put your hands on.”
What will you miss the most? “I’m not sure I know yet. I will miss the people I work with,” Clugston said.
Are there any memories that stand out in your nursing career? While Clugston remembers many nights where there wasn’t enough help, she also recalled caring for the first set of triplets born at PCRMC after they were delivered. “Over the years, there are certain patients who stood out for one reason or another,” she said. “It’s been quite an experience.”
What are your plans for retirement? Traveling in her family’s motorhome and crafts. She also would like to start a program in which people help rock babies in rocking chairs when nurses or the mothers get busy.
Education: Clugston went straight from high school into nursing school, a three-year program at the time. She took her state boards exams in 1966. She attended the Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, which was one of the top five nursing schools in the country at the time. She also has earned two national certifications in obstetrics and mother-baby care. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Drury University in Springfield and a master’s degree from Syracuse, N.Y., through a distance learning program.
Family: Clugston and her husband Ken have been married for 46 years. They have two children: Lori and Rick, three grandchildren and one stepgrandchild. Clugston is the oldest of eight siblings.