Why did you choose gerontological nursing versus another specialty?
When I started my nursing career at Eastern Maine Medical Center, I immediately found I had a special connection with my older adults. I loved caring for this clinically complex population and enjoyed hearing their rich life history stories. I was passionate about getting these folks back on their feet again to improve their quality of life. How did UMaine prepare you for this career? The UMaine School of Nursing provided a strong foundation in nursing assessment. The spark for my career in geriatrics was lit during my community health class. I completed a health assessment in Millinocket. I was surprised to see the number of citizens 65 and older and learn of the predicted growth of this demographic. I also was concerned about the challenges in transportation and access to healthcare that older adults in rural areas faced. How has the field changed since you left UMaine? Technology has had a significant impact on changing how the science of nursing is delivered. Electronic medical rec