Q&A with Chief Nursing Officer Peggy Currie
May 04, 2015
During National Nurses Week and throughout the year, we are proud to celebrate our nurses for their compassion and dedication. We are thankful for our wonderful team, including Peggy Currie, regional chief nursing officer. Read on to learn what Peggy says about practicing daily gratitude and where she sees health care heading in the future.
Providence: What inspired you to become a nurse?
Peggy Currie: Being involved with health care has been the most wonderful career choice. Evident in nursing is the difference between a job, a career and a calling. I started my career in Chester, Montana as a nurse’s aide and never looked back. While I never had long-term career goals that included executive nursing leadership, my journey has offered extraordinary opportunities to be involved with nurses in hospitals, ambulatory settings, community health and academia.
Is there a patient you still think about?
I will never forget the first patient I defibrillated who converted to a normal rhythm. It was a MOMENT!
What has been your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
I make sure to look at my life even for just a short moment each day and feel gratitude for what I have that very day. As nurses, we know life can change and even end in a nanosecond. Is that a professional accomplishment? In our busy lives, I believe it is.
Where do you see health care heading in the future?
I see health care changing to “self care.” Taking accountability to strive to one’s own personal wellness is the future. As a nurse, I see many members of the community who take their health for granted until an urgent situation arises. Health is often not missed until you aren’t healthy. My wish for our health care system is to increase self-awareness and own your personal health. Take accountability to set goals regarding what being healthy means to you. Here are the basics:
- Choose to be tobacco free
- Choose to be drug free and limit alcohol use
- Eat healthy (lower that carb intake)
- Be active
- Choose to be safe
- Feel joy and well-being
- Get immunized
Talk with your doctor or nurse practitioner about you’re your future health care decisions and what you want from life. These critical decisions are best made early, before anything major occurs. By doing this, you give your loved ones a gift by not burdening them with tough questions later.