Nancy Loken, RN
Clinical Nurse, Same Day Program
What is your fondest memory from your 25 years working at Dartmouth-Hitchcock?
It was a big move for me coming from Canada in January of 1992 to my first full-time nursing job as a new grad. I commuted six hours back home each week after we were changed to three 12 hour shifts from five eight hour ones, as my family remained in Quebec until July. My fondest memories are really generalized happiness with the camaraderie and friendships cultivated over the years. I spent 24 years working nights on 3 West, which always included the Orthopaedic service. I remember the wonderful teamwork with the LPN's and LNA's when we had the time to give patients a back-rub as part of their care, and well received that was! Documentation time seemed to be less demanding back then and patient length of stay was much longer. I fondly remember Vi Culver, RN. She was my preceptor to night shift; she was the quintessential nurse with the white dress, stockings and cap.
What about your job/work inspires you?
What inspires me most is the ability to touch people's lives and help them through some of their toughest times. I have been a patient here and appreciate the genuine kindness and caring that got me through that very difficult period of my life. It is not just nursing, but all of the staff who make up this health care team, from doctors to transportation, housekeeping and dietary workers. I am so proud to be part of this team, and know that we truly do make a positive difference for our patients and families.
What do you like best about working for your department?
I have been in Same Day Program for the past two years; therefore, no more night work! This has been a complete change of experience for my career. I love the variation in work flow here and new skills acquired: from pre-op admission to recovery, Pediatrics and CHaD [Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock]. The team in Same Day Program is wonderful to work with, and more friendships continue to grow.