My St. Claire Story by Molly Carew, APRN
I appreciate the many people I have had the privilege to work with, the dozens of students I have mentored, but most of all the patients I have encountered in my nursing career.
I believe it’s the people that make St. Claire HealthCare such a great institution, and as I retire after 24 years of service, I wanted to share my personal St. Claire story.
I began my career with St. Claire in 1975 as a staff nurse in Home Health. These were the early days of the department. The director and founder of Home Health, Ellie Reser, had just moved on when I joined two Sisters of Charity and traveling nurses, Sr. Ann Falloon, RN, and Sr. Eileen Judge, RN. Joined by one other nurse, we set off to treat patients across five counties.
After working in Home Health for four years, I took a leave from my nursing career while my husband, Tom, and I welcomed our four children into the world. During my leave, I remained dedicated to healthcare. I trained to become a Certified Childbirth Educator and began teaching childbirth classes previously taught by Sr. Eileen Judge, RN, who had left to further her education as a nurse practitioner. I also taught continuing education courses at the hospital in the evenings and worked with AHEC to prepare registered nurses to return to the workforce.
Once my children were all in school, I returned to St. Claire Home Health and continued my education pursuing a master’s degree in nursing. After becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner in 1999, I began my first job as an APRN at St. Claire Family Medicine.
St. Claire assisted with my master’s tuition, and I agreed to work for at least two years post-graduation. Twenty years later, I am now retiring from St. Claire HealthCare. It was a good deal for both of us.
I spent 17 years at St. Claire Family Medicine - Sandy Hook before joining St. Claire’s Internal Medicine team in Morehead in 2016.
It’s been a great journey and now I am ready for the next step, life in retirement.