Name: Joan Glick
Company: Franciscan Health Lafayette East
Position: Patient Care Coordinator - ICU
Graduation Year: 1994
Hometown: New York City, New York
WHY DID YOU BECOME A NURSE?
I was an English major in college and I then went to graduate school to get my Ph.D. in English. I quickly discovered that I wanted to do something else with my life so after working in business for a while, I just decided that I was going to try out nursing school.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ST. ELIZABETH SCHOOL OF NURSING?
When I moved to Lafayette in 1991, my new neighbor was a nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital, and she recommended I check out St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. The rest is history!
WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY FROM NURSING SCHOOL?
Honestly, being married with three kids and going to nursing school… it was all a blur. But, I do remember that there was a strong support system between all the students who were also juggling things outside of school.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW NURSE?
I would encourage them to take every opportunity and learn as much as they can! I would also encourage them to work at a hospital while they are in school. That will be very beneficial to them upon graduation.
HOW DID ST. ELIZABETH SCHOOL OF NURSING PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?
St. Elizabeth gave us strong clinical experience and a lot of time in a hospital setting. In a clinical setting, St. Elizabeth students are stronger and more prepared than others!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB IN THE FIELD AFTER YOU COMPLETED YOUR DEGREE?
I was an ICU Nurse at Home Hospital.
WHAT IS THE TOUGHEST PART ABOUT BEING A NURSE?
Most nurses like to fix things and they like to think that they can fix everybody but no matter how hard you try, there are always results that you hadn’t hoped for. Knowing that you gave everything that you could makes those situations tough.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT WORK?
We just welcomed our fourth grandchild into the world, so I enjoy watching and playing with them. I also love to read and go on walks. I’m also lucky enough to be retiring in May after 25 years of being a nurse and I still love what I do everyday but I’m excited for the next chapter!