Name:  Kendra Gaddy, LPN-IV.
Age: 25.
Hometown: Rolla.
Education: I attended Rolla High School and then the LPN program at Rolla Technical Center.
Family: I am married to my best friend, Jeremy Gaddy. We have been married for seven and a half years. We have two beautiful children, Easton, our son, who is almost 5, and Emerson, our daughter, is 1½.
Hobbies/other interests: I like doing crafts, shopping and fishing at the river with my family.
How many years have you been a nurse: I have been a nurse for almost six years.
Why did you decide to become a nurse? I decided to become a nurse when I was about 17. I took the health services assistant class in high school and worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant for two years. I would never have became a nurse without Vikki Parsell pushing me through that class. After our first day at clinicals in a nursing home, I remember crying and telling her I could not do this. She told me that I could do it and was so supportive. Now I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life. I will forever be grateful for having her as a teacher. She was amazing!
Were/are you inspired by any other nurses? I am inspired by all of the nurses I work with at Mercy. They truly care about their patients. I work with a great team in Mercy family medicine and after-hours clinic.
What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is that I work in the after-hours clinic. It is never the same thing every day. We never know if it will be busy or slow and we never know what might walk in the door. We just do our best to take care of the patients.
What is something people may not know about your job? Something people may not know about my job is that computers and technology are such a huge part of what we do. I actually worked for our electronic medical record support team, Informatics, for a year. There are so many different ways to use an electronic medical record based on what setting you are seeing the patient in. Surgery, clinic, ER and inpatient are all completely different.
What advice would you give to people who may be considering going into nursing? I would say make sure that you are a person who is willing to put others’ needs above your own. Patients will come to you for help and you have to be knowledgeable and caring enough to help them. This is truly the best profession. There are so many different things to do. I have worked in pediatrics, Informatics and the after-hours clinic in the almost six years I have been with Mercy and each of them has been completely different. You will never be bored nursing!