Coming Home: A Nurse’s Journey Back to Stormont Vail Health

It’s no secret that healthcare, although rewarding, is a demanding career field and just like other high-stress jobs, many nurses are seeking out new adventures. For some, that means moving from a hospital to a clinical setting, for others it means becoming a travel nurse, and still for others it means leaving the field altogether. However, the type of person who begins in the healthcare field usually can’t just forget that the very center of their being revolves around taking care of those in need; it’s just a part of who they are.

Amy Gallagher, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, realized in high school that she wanted to become a nurse. While working on her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certificate, she was able to get firsthand experience in health care and had opportunities to find out exactly what she was called to become.

“I recognized that caring and nurturing those in need came naturally to me and in return gave me a great sense of purpose,” said Amy.

After attending nursing school and earning her degree, Stormont Vail Health was thrilled to hire such a committed team member. Amy was hired as a registered nurse (RN) on the Rapid Response team for eight years. During this time, she was also able to continue her education and earn her Nurse Practitioner degree with the help and support of Stormont Vail’s tuition reimbursement program.

While Amy knew that she wanted to continue her path in nursing, she was needing to change employers in order to be closer to home. She had no trouble finding a new position and began working at a clinic as a Nurse Practitioner.

“After being gone for eight months, I realized how much I missed Stormont and being in a hospital setting,” remarked Amy. “It’s all about the small moments, it’s the little things that count and what I had remembered the most that drew me back.”

Now, Amy has been back with Stormont Vail for a month and couldn’t be happier to be back with the people she considers family. “My first day back at Stormont Vail, I told my manager, ‘there is no place like home’.”

Stormont Vail is so grateful and humbled to provide a work environment that encourages team members to bond, learn, and grow together. Seeing nurses return home to Stormont Vail, after exploring other opportunities, and continue to provide the best care possible is something wonderful.

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