I am 40 years old and my husband Jeremy and our 8 and 10-year-old daughters and I moved to Highlands Ranch in December 2018. Our family was in need for an adventure, so in 2017 we took a three-week vacation through New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. We absolutely fell in love with the mountains. That trip convinced us that Colorado was the place to be for outdoor fun and to improve the quality of life for our girls.
Being a nurse, I’m able to move to just about any part of the country for work. Jeremy was able to transfer jobs from Lockheed Martin in Texas to the local branch near Waterton Canyon. I lucked out finding a position working for UCHealth, I helped open the hospital in June of 2019 and have enjoyed working here from day one. Somehow, UCHealth Highlands Ranch has managed to find and hire the best of the best staff and I am privileged to be able to work alongside them.
I am an ICU nurse at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital. My favorite part of being a nurse is making a difference in patients and families lives while they are going through a difficult situation. I try to make their experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible. I know what a difference a friendly face and a positive attitude can do for people in stressful situations so I do my best to provide that to our patients.
I was completely blindsided by the award. When I realized I was receiving the Daisy Award I became very nervous because I do not like being the center of attention and have never been great at taking compliments. The Daisy Award “was established to celebrate the extraordinary compassion nurses provide their patients and families every day” and is the ultimate compliment in nursing. I truly enjoy being a nurse and helping my patients, it is what I was destined to do with my life and I hope that shows through in my daily work.
COVID-19 has presented many difficulties for patients, families, and staff. Being a healthcare professional during this crisis has been taxing on our mental health. Most of us go to bed thinking about work and wake up thinking about work. We are highly concerned for our family’s well-being, the thought of bringing this home to my husband, kids, or mothers-in-law causes me extreme anxiety. I wish most people understood that this is an awful disease process.
Not only does COVID-19 cause excessive suffering to the patients but the families are in dire circumstances as well. Imagine your mother being in the hospital on her death bed and not being able to hold her hand or spend those last few precious moments with her, that is a nightmare that has come true because of this pandemic.
We moved to Colorado to enjoy the mountains and all of the outdoor access. Our family loves to camp and drive in the mountains. I grew up salt-water fishing, I would love to make fresh-water fly-fishing my new hobby but I’ll need to learn how first.
Something people might not know about me is that I grew up deep-sea fishing and traveling throughout Mexico and Central America. I’ve had some really amazing adventures and near-death experiences with my mom, she taught me the importance of pushing my limits and not being afraid to try new things.
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