Donna McCarty's Story
I graduated from Bon Secours Hospital School of Nursing on June 9, 1965 and started working at The Hospital for the Women of Maryland, of Baltimore City in the operating room on June 14, 1965. That September, we were moving equipment and supplies from Women's Hospital to GBMC, sometimes using our own personal vehicles. We set up the brand new GBMC general operating rooms (GOR) and I worked there, full-time days, gaining much experience in all types of general surgery. I worked until May of 1967, when I married and went to Germany for more than a year. I came back to GBMC in September of 1968 and worked in the GOR on the 3-11 shift until December of 1969. Since then, I have worked 25 years at Franklin Square, five years at St. Joseph and many other years at other hospitals and surgery centers over my 50 year nursing career.
When I was hired by Jeanne Smith, RN, she asked what my aspirations were and at that time, they were just to be the "best nurse I could be." I have since gone back to school, beginning in 1986, pursuing and receiving my BSN, AS in Business Administration and MS in Nursing Informatics. The last seven years of my career, I stepped out of my comfort level of the OR to work in the business field as a Clinical Nurse Consultant for a company named, ArjoHuntleigh. My job has focused on educating both acute care and long term care facilities in establishing their Safe Patient Handling/Minimal Lift Programs using mechanical lifts and friction-reducing sheets.
My husband and I (now retired) have a GBMC family practitioner at Hunt Manor and have had to return to GBMC for appointments with other doctors. I am amazed at the growth and expansion of the hospital. I have fond memories of the nurses, doctors and staff that I worked with there in the place that gave me my start in a long and fulfilling career in nursing.