Nurse of the Week: Lori McFarlane!
Hello, My name is Lori McFarlane. I am 41 years old. I was an accountant for 15+ years and 3 years active Army before I decided to get into the medical industry. My mother was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. As her disease progressed, I decided that I wanted to be a nurse so I could help people like her. So I became a CNA first and worked in a sub-acute unit and learned a lot and loved it! I then continued to work full time and go to nursing school in 2013-2014. My mom passed two weeks before I graduated from the LPN program, but I made a promise to her that I would treat and work with patients as if it was her! I have never broken that promise. I started working at a sub-acute/rehab unit and continue today to work in sub-acute/rehab. I love the challenges and high paced environment.
Name (and age): Lori McFarlane, 41 years old
Years working as a nurse: 1+
Current Position: LPN at sub-acute/rehab unit
What brought you into the nursing profession?: When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, I wanted to be a nurse.
Where did you get your nursing degree?: Upper Cape Regional Tech, Bourne MA.
First RN/LPN position (and how you got it…we’ve all been there!): I was pretty persistent to get hired as a 7-3 nurse on a sub-acute/rehab unit. I proved that I could do it and never gave up.
Random fact/hobby: Flag football
Biggest career challenge and how you’ve overcome it (or how you are currently working to overcome): First person I experienced passing away was my mother, but it has made me care for any hospice patient as if it was her. It has made it easier when patients pass.
Any projects on your desk right now?: Continuing education for Bachelors.
What item is most useful to you as a nurse (what piece of equipment or clothing could you NOT do your job without?): Pulso ox, hot pink scissors, stethescope, and redbull.
Do you have a fondest memory or favorite nursing experience?: Seeing patients improve and ready to discharge home.
What one piece of advice would you pass on to a new nurse?: Never give up, each day is different, God will never give you what you can’t handle, and prioritize!
Lori has a nursing profile on Hirenurses.com—reach out to her directly to ask her any questions about her experiences!