14 May A Working Mom Finds A Way To Make It Work
This Mother’s Day, we celebrate all moms and the sacrifices they make in order to raise a family. Thanks, Moms, for the love and support you show naturally.
In honor of Mother’s Day, we are sharing Sarah’s story. Sarah started her nursing journey in 2002, but her career took a detour in order to raise her daughter. Sarah has taken on various roles at DCI as her family needs have changed. Going from a patient care technician, to a nurse, to a nurse educator has allowed this single mom the opportunity to raise her daughter and maintain a successful career in the medical field.
At 19 years old, Sarah Slick was a high school graduate newly enrolled in nursing school. Eager to do her best, she was paying attention when her instructor said that the students needed to start looking for a job that introduced them to patqient care. Sarah spoke to a friend working at Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) and was told that a patient care technician position was available. Sarah found the DCI posting online and applied.
“I knew that the technician job would expose me to the basics of patient care, things like blood pressure checks and vitals,” said Sarah. “My first thought when I entered the dialysis facility was that ‘this is a lot.’ But I quickly learned the machine and I developed relationships with my patients.”
When Sarah became pregnant with her daughter, she decided to stay in the patient care technician role and put nursing school on hold. Her bonds with the DCI patients and staff grew stronger. In 2011, Sarah returned to nursing school and completed two years of clinicals. Once she graduated from nursing school, she accepted the position of night shift nurse at DCI. Then, when her family needs changed two years later, she became the day shift charge nurse.
“DCI has allowed me to grow my skill set and make changes in my work life based on my personal needs. I love direct patient care and I was able to do that as a patient care technician and a staff nurse. However, as a charge nurse, I was also able to get to know the nephrologists better,” said Sarah.
When Sarah’s daughter asked her mom if she could start dropping her off at school and be there for bedtime, Sarah knew that she needed to find a role that allowed her that flexibility. She applied for the staff educator position.
“Being a staff educator allows me to get to know each DCI employee in a one-on-one setting. I love training new employees,” said Sarah. “I do sometimes miss the day-to-day patient care, but I find it rewarding to train the staff. I still keep up with the patients.”
As a nurse educator Sarah works a 9am-5pm shift. This shift allows her to spend more quality time with her growing daughter. She says that at her 20 year anniversary with DCI, she hopes to still be in this role.
“Working at DCI in Indianapolis is like being a part of a small, close-knit group. I’m friends with the staff and my patients are like family.”
Sarah’s advice to anyone looking to enter into the medical field is simple, “Get your foot in the door at DCI or another medical facility that allows you to practice the basics of patient care. There are many opportunities waiting for you.”