Having been with Phelps Health for over ten years, Angie is a veteran nurse who has gained the respect of her peers and colleagues alike. Angie is a devoted caregiver with extraordinary powers, who has made it her mission as a nurse to educate, heal, and treat people in her local community.
Angie received her degree from Mineral Area College, where she completed a two-year program to become a registered nurse. Upon completion of the program, she began work at St. Anthony’s in the Surgical ICU. In the ICU, Angie gained a wealth of knowledge and experience that led her to Phelps Health when she relocated with her family in 2007. She currently works in the Phelps Heart and Vascular Center, working with patients in the area to assess their needs and oversee care management plans.
What made you want to become a nurse?
When my nephew was 12, he was in a terrible accident with his family and we almost lost him. I remember lying by his bedside for days. Seeing him come back from that made me want to help others.
What do you love about nursing?
Being a nurse is one of the greatest jobs. Helping people and being there during some of the hardest times of their lives to ease the burden, get to know somebody, and make a difference is what continues to inspire me.
What’s the most challenging part of being a nurse?
It’s incredibly hard to lose people. We do our job to the best of our ability, but there are days when you get home both physically and emotionally drained because you care so much about each patient.
What does being a nurse at Phelps Health mean to you?
As a nurse at Phelps Health, I know that I have a second family here. This community of patients and caregivers pulls together to help one another that makes a tangible difference in the lives of our patients.
What advice do you have for nurses who are new to Phelps Health?
Don’t blame yourself. Nursing is an incredibly hard profession, but as you become more seasoned you are able to better equip yourself emotionally to handle hardships that you will face as a nurse. It’s all part of the learning and growing process.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I have a 23 year old son who is currently serving our country as a Marine and a 13 year old daughter. If that’s not enough to keep me young, my husband of 26 years and I own a farm and I’m doing my first ½ Tough Mudder this year!
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