Community Health Network’s dedicated nurses join the network family for a number of reasons. Some know that nursing is their calling from the outset and make lifelong careers of it, while others cross over from entirely different career paths, willing to try something new and challenge themselves in different ways. Still others return to the network after a hiatus, because they know that Community cares and will help foster a fulfilling future with them.
Meet two nurses who entered the Community family from unique paths and learn what led them here (and kept them) in the stories below.
Terra Hunt, R.N.
Community Hospital Anderson
Terra Hunt, R.N., has worked at Community Hospital Anderson for the past 31 years. She started behind a desk as a unit clerk/secretary and later used the education reimbursement program to go to school and follow her path to become a registered nurse. Now, care manager on her unit, Hunt says, “What I like about being a part of the Community Anderson family is the close relationships I have developed with my peers, the physicians, the patients and the people in other departments.” According to Hunt, “Nursing is about loving people.” Having that personal interaction with the patients and their families is something she is passionate about.
Jo Flinn, R.N.
Community Hospital East
After 20 years of nurturing and raising two children, Jo Flinn, R.N., still had more to give and found a new family to share it with. Flinn found not only a refresher course at Community but a welcoming environment. A huge proponent of the culture of nursing, she felt a real call to come back and has worked in oncology for the last 10 years since. She says, “Being a good nurse is a state of mind, and that never changes.” Flinn, who is a part-time nurse, feels like her input is sought and her voice is heard. She recently received her oncology certification and values the way that Community supports education.