Growing up, Sara Schilken did not know that a near tragedy and insistent neighbor would influence her career choice.
“When I was young, I cut the top of my finger off. The ER doctor said my finger should be amputated, but Lynette Deardurff, who ran the ER and was my neighbor, told the doctor ‘No, you have to try to sew it on.’ If she wouldn’t have advocated for me, I wouldn’t have a finger today,” she recalled. “I never forgot that.”
Schilken took nursing classes in college, but had second thoughts, so switched to education. “Nursing classes were hard, so I thought ‘I’ll be a teacher.’ But after spending time in the classroom, I realized I was not meant for this (teaching),” she said. Schilken graduated in 2007 as an LPN, and in 2008 as an RN. She has worked in the PACU since 2011.
“I take care of patients little to elderly; there are so many I will never forget. I love the variety of simple surgeries to large cases that end up in PACU. It’s a great place to work.”