Listee Features — Nursing

ANDREA W. HUNT

Nursing has been Andrea W. Hunt’s life for as long as she can remember. She loves spending time with patients; beyond taking care of all of their needs, she makes an effort to talk with them about their families and interests. She’s learned a lot from them over the years, and has heard many fascinating stories. To Mrs. Hunt, getting to see these people get better after being at their worst is the best part of her job. She attributes her success to her ability to empathize rather than sympathize. Mrs. Hunt prepared for her endeavors by completing coursework at Marshall University and by earning a paralegal certificate from the State University of New York and a diploma from the

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ELLEN STOESSER BYRD

Passionate and driven, Ellen Stoesser Byrd spent nearly five decades as a nurse before retiring in 2013. Her journey began at Baylor University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1964. That year, she also became a registered nurse in the state of Texas and started her first job, nurse at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. She moved to the Baylor University Medical Center as a gynecological nurse a year later, after which she garnered experience in positions like charge nurse in medicine and surgery at Collin Memorial Hospital, nurse in the Newborn Nursery at St. Paul Hospital, private duty nurse in District 4 of the Texas Nurse Association, school nurse at the Dallas Independent School District, and

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DARLENE M. DODD

For as long as she can remember, Darlene Dodd has harbored a passion for nursing. She was drawn to the profession because of the opportunity it presented to help others, and after her first position in the field, staff nurse in the U.S. Air Force at the Randolph Air Force Base in Texas, she knew she had made the right choice. Ms. Dodd quickly gained a reputation for her hard work and dedication to the job, making her a much sought-after team member. She went where she was needed; over the years, she served as a staff nurse in the U.S. Air Force at the Ladd Air Force Base in Alaska, the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan, the

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SARA ANN YOUNG

Inspired by her mother, Sara Ann Young decided to follow in her footsteps and become a nurse. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University in 1970 and a Master of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in 1977, and to become certified as a bereavement counselor and lactation consultant. Her first job in the field was staff nurse at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, followed by head nurse in labor and delivery at the institution and staff nurse at George Washington University Medical Center. Then, Ms. Young served as an obstetrics-gynecology clinical nurse specialist at Hartford Hospital from 1978 to 2011 , as well as a clinical associate II at the

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TRACY I. LANES

Following in the footsteps of her father and stepmother, Tracy I. Lanes is thriving as a nurse anesthetist.  She joined Washington University in St. Louis in 2007, and has since garnered a reputation for her passion, and hard work. Her peers really appreciate Ms. Lanes’ commitment to building collegiality amongst different departments, and her patients appreciate her commitment to ensuring they are taken care of. Ms. Lanes strongly believes in the importance of teamwork, and strives to ensure that everyone’s opinions are heard and valued. During her time at the institution, Ms. Lanes also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and in the U.S. Army Reserve. To prepare for her journey, Ms. Lanes earned a Bachelor of Science in

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BRIGHID O’DONNELL KELLY

Inspired by a young nurse in her hometown of Donegal, Ireland, Brighid O’Donnell Kelly has never strayed from her dream of pursuing and practicing health care. She became a registered general nurse from the Eastern District Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1960 and a certified midwives board from the North Middlesex Hospital in London, England, in 1961, and she was off. Dr. Kelly served as an assistant head nurse at Cornell Medical Center from 1961 to 1964, a staff nurse at Bethesda North Hospital from 1972 to 1977, an instructor at Thomas More College from 1977 to 1980, and an instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor at the University of Cincinnati between 1980 and 1993. Her last role before retirement

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JEAN BRANNON

Passionate and hardworking, Jean Brannon has worn many hats over the course of her career. She started as a nurse and nursing educator, holding positions at places like the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Alamo County College District. During this time, she also taught history and performed as a stand-up comic. Ms. Brannon loved working with students and getting them excited for their future in the field.  When her mother got sick, however, she decided to retire to focus on caring for her. She discovered that real estate would allow her to set her own flexible schedule, perfect for her situation, so she opened Brannon Properties, LLC. She remains there to this day, and works with both

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CATHERINE LYNCH

Interested in knowing the country around her, Catherine Lynch decided the U.S. Census would be the perfect fit. She lived in a rural area, and was frustrated with the lack of perception about the realty of the way things were there. Her main goal is to leave the world a better place, so she enjoyed the opportunity to interact with so many interesting people. During her time with the government agency, Ms. Lynch served as an assistant crew leader. She retired in 2010. ​ For most of her life before joining the U.S. Census, Ms. Lynch was a social work administrator. From 2005 to 2007, she was the director of development services at the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, and from

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JAN KLOSTERMAN

Determined to spend her life helping others, Jan Klosterman set her sights on being a nurse at a young age. She worked hard to achieve her goal, earning a nursing diploma from the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing in 1979 and eventually becoming a certified nurse life care planner. After decades of clinical experience, her journey brought her to a new niche: medical and legal consulting. She fell in love with the work, and to bolster the knowledge gained from hands-on experience, obtained certification in life care planning in 1999 and Medicare set-aside consulting in 2005, and became a certified brain injury specialist in 2014. ​ Ms. Klosterman used her unique background to open Klosterman & Associates in 2006, and

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JILL M. MAYO

When Jill Mayo was four, she went to see the school nurse and decided she wanted to be one too. She intended to pursue pediatrics up from that point up until undergraduate school, when she completed a special study in critical care and loved it. Ms. Mayo then applied and was accepted to a critical care nurse internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, which officially changed her focus. During a rotation, she was asked to do a post-conference presentation and they thought she did well enough to do it again, sparking her interest in teaching. She realized she had finally found her niche, and, today, she continues to advance the field as an assistant professor of nursing at the Mississippi

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