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  • Personal experience inspires Lake Regional nurse’s career

  • Jillynn Hull, R.N., M.S.N., a nurse on the medical/surgical unit at Lake Regional Health System, has always been interested in medicine ― it was even her college major before she married and started her family.
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  • Jillynn Hull, R.N., M.S.N., a nurse on the medical/surgical unit at Lake Regional Health System, has always been interested in medicine ― it was even her college major before she married and started her family.
    Then her twins were born prematurely, and she was inspired to return to school to study nursing.
    “We spent a total of 14 weeks in the hospital,” Hull says. “My son coded three times in the neonatal intensive care nursery. The nurses there were wonderful. They were calm and comforting. They handled everything with grace under pressure. When I saw them in action, I knew I wanted to go back to school to become a nurse.”
    Variety is the Spice of Nursing!
    After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., Hull joined Lake Regional’s nursing staff. She has worked on the medical/surgical unit since 2009.
    “The variety of patients we see on our unit makes every day a challenge,” Hull says. “On any given day, I may take care of a 90-year-old patient who has pneumonia, or a 3-year-old child who has had their tonsils removed.”
    In addition to staying current on best practices in nursing, she says the skills essential to her job are compassion, patience, organization and an outgoing personality.
    “I am learning something new all the time,” Hull says. “I enjoy helping others, educating my patients and being a leader.”
    A Hometown Connection
    A nursing career at Lake Regional has been a great opportunity for Hull to return to her roots. “I’m from the lake area and graduated from Osage Beach,” she says.
    While there, she met her high school sweetheart, Ski, who she married when they were in college. The couple now lives in Eldon where he teaches physical education and coaches high school girls’ basketball and varsity softball.
    In addition to their 6-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, they also have an 8-year-old son.
    “We stay very busy with their activities―gymnastics, basketball, golf and baseball,” Hull says.
    When she does have some spare time, Hull enjoys refinishing furniture, sports and volunteering with the youth group at her church.
    Advancing the Profession of Nursing
    Though Hull has her plate full as a nurse, wife and mother, she’s found time in her busy schedule to return to school to pursue her doctorate as a nurse practitioner, and she recently received the hospital’s excellence in nursing award for advancing the profession of nursing.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I am currently in the nurse practitioner program at Maryville University in St. Louis,” Hull says. “My goal is to graduate in December 2015. I want to work as a family nurse practitioner so that I can continue to care for a wide range of patients, especially children.”
    To learn more about career opportunities at Lake Regional Health System, visit lakeregional.com/careers.
     
     

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