Works at PCRMC
Age: 59
Hometown: Rolla

Education: University of Missouri-Rolla and Lincoln University, Jefferson City; A.A.S. Major-nursing

Family: Husband Phil, daughter Rachel who is attending ECC preparing for a career in nursing. Sons Brian (Tammy) Sadler of Sedalia and Michael Sadler of Laquey and six grandchildren.

Hobbies/other interests: Reading, crochet, spending time with grandchildren and family

How many years have you been a nurse: 27

Why did you decide to become a nurse: I have always wanted to be a nurse and considered it to be a rewarding career.

Were/are you inspired by any other nurses? Yes. Many nurses have inspired me. From my elementary school nurse, Mrs. Dinges, my nursing instructors, nurses I have worked with through my nursing years, and now work with in hospice and at PCRMC.

What is the best part of your job? The satisfaction of helping the dying through the hospice journey. Hospice nursing provides compassion, comfort and helps the dying to maintain dignity while being in the comfort of home with loved ones, family and friends at the bedside. It is a privilege and honor to be a part of the patient’s hospice journey and a member of Phelps Regional Home Care’s hospice team.

What is something people may not know about your job? I love my job and the rewards/challenges it provides, but it is emotionally exhausting. Being comfortable with your own feelings on dying and your own spiritually is necessary and it requires work to stay balanced.

What advice would you give to people who may be considering going into nursing? First of all, your heart needs to be in it and you must “want” to be a nurse. Nursing is hard work, and at times very demanding.  There are so many opportunities for nurses and the rewards are beyond words.