Expand your nursing practice right here at home – opportunities abound at MWHC!  Kara Russell, RN, has experienced this over the past 7 years, here is her story...

As a USAF veteran with a strong connection to the community, Kara believes in working where you live.  Not only does this eliminate the exhaustion of commuting, but it’s also a joy to serve the people in her community.  Kara resides in Stafford with her husband, who is retired military, and her nine- and twelve-year-old sons. Her sons play musical instruments (the drums and guitar), making for a very lively household!

 

Years at MWHC: 7

MWHC Journey:  During Kara’s journey at MWHC, she has been afforded so many opportunities to work on units that are typically extremely difficult to get in to. When she started at MWHC she worked nights at Stafford Hospital, on the newly opened surgical unit. From there, she joined Stafford’s unique LDRP team, where they took her in and trained her. Kara really enjoyed that experience – being part of the birth experience is such a beautiful thing, and you get to care for them through the full spectrum of labor and post-partum. When an opportunity arose in the Mary Washington Hospital Operating Room, Kara jumped at the chance.  She took full advantage of the nine-month Periop Training Program that provides both training in the classroom and the OR, with a dedicated preceptor.  Now she is working in an OR setting with 15 operating rooms and an amazing group of physicians that perform a wide variety of procedures.

Fun Fact About Kara:  Loves to participate in duathlons! These are Run – Bike – Run events. Her favorite is in Luray, Virginia – it’s a long-distance in the August heat so very challenging and makes her sense of accomplishment that much deeper.

"As people and as employees, everyone here cares about the quality of their work, about the patients, and about doing the right thing.”

*Kara Russell, RN

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