Hi, my name is Colleen Moore. I have been an RN for over 20 years. I went into nursing because of a job I had as an Office Manager for an Oncology clinic. While working there, I became very attached to the patients and found myself wanting to do more for them and at the same time I was so inspired by them.
I found it very profound that people who had a terminal illness had a much more positive outlook on life and a better attitude then most of the people I knew. Week after week the patients would come in to receive their treatment and they may have been sick all week or lost all of their hair but they would laugh and joke with each other and the staff. I remember one women who was very proper, sophisticated and vain (for lack of a better word) about her looks. She lost all her hair but she didn’t let that get her down, instead she created the most elegant styles using scarves and hats.
She looked as beautiful as she did with her hair. She was able to share that with other patients which made her feel good and she taught us so that we could teach other patients as well. Sorry, I got off on a tangent but I do that when talk about these special people…
At that time I was working on my Baccalaureate degree in Business. I wasn’t very happy personally or professionally. I wasn’t crazy about creating a career in business and I couldn’t stay at the Oncology clinic making $10.00/hr so I did the unthinkable (to me anyways) I applied to the nursing program, quit my job, got a job as a Nurse’s Aide on the weekends and went back to school full time. See my mother was a registered nurse and it had never been my desire to follow in her foots steps, not that I didn’t think what she did was amazing.
My first job as a Graduate Nurse was on an Oncology floor and even now Oncology is my passion. As a nurse I have met some wonderful people who are dealing with issue far greater then I have ever had to deal with so every day it makes it easy for me to live in a state of gratitude.
I am currently a Professor of Nursing for a local State College. Prior to this I was the Director of a 62-bed Medical/Surgical/Oncology unit at a hospital in S.W. Florida. I loved this position because I had the ability to mentor and guide new and young nurses. I held this position for 7 years. But I do think teaching is my true passion. I am also a Life Coach, Hypnotherapist and Dream Sculptor. I hope you will benefit from some of what I have learned along the way.
I am also the mother of 2 beautiful daughters, ages 21 and 19 and the wife of a very supportive husband. Over the last seven years I have obtained my BSN and two Master’s Degrees, one in nursing and the other in Health Care Administration. I could not have accomplished all that I have without the support of my family.
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