Our employee of the month for June is Shauna Kirn, R.N., an overnight nurse who celebrated her one year anniversary with us in May. Read on to learn more about Shauna!
Where are you originally from? I’m originally from Clearwater, Florida but moved to Anna Maria Island when I was very young. It’s a small town with beautiful beaches and where everyone knows your name. I loved growing up there.
Own any pets? We have three fur babies, Molly ( Boston/Frenchie), Zoe (Chocolate Lab) & Duke (Jack Russell)
Are you currently working toward or recently completed a degree? I just completed my BSN (Bachelors in Science and Nursing) last month at Chamberlain College of Nursing.
What are your hobbies? We love to travel and have been all over the world. Last summer we went to Hawaii to celebrate our five-year wedding anniversary but we also love doing mission work abroad.
What do you like to do in your time off? In my time off I love to volunteer at my church and with local outreach programs. My perfect day off would be taking my dogs to the beach, yoga and a quiet night at home.
What is the favorite part of your job? My favorite part of the job is getting to meet the patients at night. Usually when kids come in “after hours” it’s because there is a genuine need that needs to be filled. There is nothing more rewarding than to help facilitate that need for the patient and to also alleviate the worry and stress that the parents may be having. Even the sickest of patients smile on the way out the door and that’s what makes it so worthwhile to me.
Any exciting things going on in your life you’d like to share? My husband and I are in the process of adopting two little girls (under the age of six) from Nicaragua. We haven’t been officially matched with our children but we are hoping we will be within the next year. We couldn’t be more excited.
Any funny stories from working the overnight shift? The funniest thing that’s happened while working at PCC would probably involve a tired parent – which is completely understandable. One mother was telling me how she hasn’t been able to sleep the past few days because of her child’s asthma exacerbation. After the patient assessment, she crawled up on the examine table with the child and fell asleep. I let her sleep all night (until the end of my shift) and was able to monitor the patient throughout the night so the mother could sleep. It was a win/win because the patient received the necessary care and mom was refreshed when she left in the morning!