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Nurse ends up where she started

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center | Nursing

It was 1964, and I was a wide-eyed high school grad when I left “the farm” in Central Washington and came to “the city” and Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing, which had the best reputation for educating nurses on the West Coast.

So many memories … we worked hard, but on our time off we played hard –– rode tandem bikes up to the zoo, swam in our state-of-the-art pool or did a little shopping at Lloyd Center. In the summer we would sunbathe on the roof of the dorm, which was fine until the traffic and news helicopters passed overhead, and made comments on the radio about the Emanuel nursing students in their skimpy bathing suits … or no suits!

After graduation, I worked at Emanuel as an IV therapy nurse and then moved to St. Helens where I worked for 12 years, but my heart was always at Emanuel, and I continued to work on call. One night, I told the supervisor I thought I was in labor. She was upset because we were short staffed. I told her, never mind, I’ll work! Well, she had to close the recovery room and have that nurse cover me as I delivered my first son before I could finish the shift!

I returned to the IV Therapy Department at Emanuel in 1982. Then in 1983, I had the opportunity to go to the Emergency Department. I was blessed to be working at Emanuel when we launched the trauma program. I worked in the Emergency Department until I became a trauma nurse coordinator in 2002. I retired from Emanuel in 2009.

When I became a coordinator, I was given an office that was only four doors away from my first dorm room! So I can say I started and ended my nursing career in the same hallway at Emanuel Hospital!

— Patrea Kristensen Krol