Central Ohio Technical College
Office: Hopewell 156
4235 Lecture Notes
I was born, raised and have lived my entire life in Zanesville. I graduated from a diploma nursing program, Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Zanesville, in 1974. After graduation, I went to work full time on the maternity floor at Good Samaritan. During the 13 years that I worked there, I primarily worked Labor and Delivery as well as Post Partum and served as assistant head nurse for several years. Because of family needs and burnout, I changed jobs. I went to work for a group of obstetricians, but continued working OB a couple weekends every month. After working in the doctor’s office for three years, I again made a switch, moving to the local health department. I continued to put my background in obstetrics to use, working in the Prenatal Clinic for the health department. I was also in charge of the Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic there.
I continued my education, earning my BSN from Graceland University after ten LONG years of being a part time student. I also enrolled in a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program, a year long course of study that required me to leave my family and move to Wisconsin. Milwaukee had more snow that year than any year since records have been kept. Good thing I had a four wheel drive vehicle!!
As an NP, I worked part time for four different health departments in various counties surrounding Zanesville. I provided family planning services as well as providing pap smears and mammograms for indigent women. Unfortunately, funding for public health is less than stable, and I needed something that was a little more secure. During that time, I was precepting a nurse practitioner student from Otterbein who additionally was an instructor at COTC – she felt I had what it took to be a nursing instructor. The school was in need of someone to teach OB and the rest (as they say) is history. I began part time in June of 2003 and became full time faculty in June of 2004.
I obtained my MSN from Drexel University in 2004, and have taken some classes at Kent State to become certified as a nurse educator.
On a personal note, I still live in Zanesville, with my husband of 35 years. We have three adult children, two daughters and a son, all married. We also have a son who is deceased and I have a stepdaughter. We have two grandchildren, a boy and a girl, and one dog. I love to read and cross stitch, and my family and I are NASCAR fans. We have a camper complete with all the luxuries of home and travel to races as frequently as we can. My son also races locally on dirt tracks, with my husband serving as his crew chief.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the journey that brought me to COTC.