Joanne began her health career by becoming certified as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1985. By being involved in a local fire department and running on their ambulance service, her interest in health care began. So, in the fall of 1985, she obtained her Associates of Applied Science in Nursing through Salem College, Salem, West Virginia. Following graduation, she moved from southwestern Pennsylvania to northern Virginia.
During her time spent in Virginia, Joanne obtained experience in Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, Same Day Surgery, and Emergency Room. This experience was obtained through Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Virginia and Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia. While working at these facilities, Joanne obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from University of Virginia and her Master’s Degree in nurse midwifery from Shenandoah University. She practiced as an OB/GYN practitioner and midwife at a private practice in Fredericksburg.
While working in the clinical setting, Joanne also taught nursing at an Associate’s Degree program at Germanna Community College. She was adjunct faculty taking students into their clinical environment and in the simulated lab environment.
After moving back “home” to Greene County, Pennsylvania, Joanne decided to continue her interest in Emergency Medicine and obtained her Pre-hospital Registered Nurse certification by successfully passing the national paramedic exam. She worked for a paid ambulance service as a paramedic and continues to volunteer at a local fire department on their rescue squad.
Joanne continues to work in the clinical environment at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She has obtained extensive nursing knowledge over the years so she has decided to share this knowledge with nursing students. She recognizes the importance of quality nursing education in order to provide safe, effective care for both patients and their families, both in hospital and pre-hospital.
Her hope is to provide quality education and while bringing personal experience into the lives of student nurses here at West Virginia Junior College. Also, to bring a positive approach to an awarding and satisfying career as a nurse. Nursing has had a profound impact on her life and she hopes to instill this into her students.