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Linda Gilbert
Nurse

"All of the possibilities in the healthcare field is what is the most exciting part of being a nurse."

As children, we're all asked the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" How did you answer?

I have always wanted to be a nurse to help people.

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

My most defining moment along my career path has to be in March 2001 when I got my letter from Naugatuck Valley Community College stating my acceptance into their nursing program. Getting into nursing school is very competitive and at Naugatuck it is solely based on grades. I felt so honored to be accepted into a program and secondly based on my grades alone.

How did you get your big breaks?

I got my big breaks on working hard! Nothing ever came easy for me when it came to education. I graduated high, got married a year later, started our family (2 beautiful daughters), and then when my youngest daughter started high school I went back to college. Christy and I graduated the same year, her from high school and me from nursing school.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

The best advice that I received when I graduated, of course I didn't hear it at the time it was told, was to continue on with my education. I graduated thinking I finally got the career of my dreams and the job of my dreams, why go on? After working for the past two years I have gone back for my bachelors degree in nursing, one must never leave a door unopened.

What have you learned from your experience?

Work hard, and be organized. I now work with new student nurses and graduate nurses, I tell them all work hard and be organized. One cannot complete all of their tasks unless they can organize themselves.

What most excites you about your job right now?

All of the possibilities in the healthcare field is what is the most exciting part of being a nurse. You can work at a desk, as a floor nurse, as a supervisor, in homecare, whatever your passion there is a position available.

On a scale of 1-10, how relevant was your academic major to your career? (1=not at all, 10=absolutely essential)

10 Absolutely Essential

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

Just to help people. When the day comes that I cannot any longer help others I know my job will be completed. I know that even after I retire that I will still be helping others.

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