My parents have always been a big inspiration in my life and especially in supporting my decision to become a nurse. My mother encouraged me to get a good education and pursue a career (any career) that would be rewarding. However, my father inspired my choice of career. As a member of a volunteer emergency squad, I was always fascinated by his commitment to helping others and also his first aid books that grabbed my attention. I decided very young to go into health care. It was like I always just knew what I wanted to be.
Growing up in Upstate New York, my biggest hurdle to pursuing my dream was tackling the cost of my schooling. Being the oldest of six children and the first to go to college, I was awarded the task of financial independence. I worked as a nurses’ aid during my vacations but the training I got as an aid was invaluable to me during nursing school.
I have been a nurse for nearly 35 years, mostly as an Emergency Room or ICU nurse. I came to Vanderbilt as a part-time PRN nurse in 2002 and then went full-time 2-1/2 years later. I can honestly say that Vanderbilt is by far the best place I have ever worked!!! I have never felt that my ideas were valued as much as they are here at Vanderbilt.
Currently I am a Staff RN at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital on Adult III. Our unit takes care of patients with mood disorders as well as those with drug or alcohol problems and also schizophrenia and psychosis. I work 3-11pm and usually as the charge nurse. I like to say that our unit is the best because we can take care of any problem. I am now an RN 3 and serve on the Professional Practice Board of the Psychiatric Hospital. I am also a member of the VPNPP Central Committee.
One of the things that motivates me to come to work every day is that I can understand from a personal and family standpoint, some of the problems our patients have and that inspires me to try to help. I also work with an incredible group of people on Adult 3 and Vita and being part of that team makes it enjoyable to come in every day.
I have two grown daughters who are both married and each have a son and daughter of their own. My four grandchildren are such joys!!! The entire family is rabid Predator fans!!! I have been single for many, many years and last year I found my soul-mate, Russ. We have many things in common, including traveling, billiards, toy train shows, Predators hockey, and Kentucky basketball. We were married on September 4th, 2010.
Dianne, RN 3
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital