In March of 2012, I retired from nursing after 45 years, the last 18 years of my hospital based career were in Infection Control. I have been certified in Infection Control for 21 years. I graduated from The Geneva School of Practical Nursing (now known as the Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing) in Geneva, New York in 1967.
For 20 years I was employed at the Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic in Clifton Springs, New York. There I gained invaluable experience working in the OR, ER, Med/Surg, ICU and SNF. I later accepted the position as supervisor of the SPD department. Three years following that, I was offered a position working with the Director of Infection Control and Employee Health. Upon meeting the criteria set at the time, I tested for and passed the CBIC examination in 1995 and became one of three LPNs certified by CBIC at that time
I have moved several times since then, Florida, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and remained in Infection Control with the exception of one year managing SPD for University of West Virginia - East. That was a wonderful refresher for sterilization and disinfection of reusable instruments and equipment. I am now back home in Newark, NY.
I have done some legal consulting but mostly enjoying my retirement, family, friends and traveling.