Loretta Dahlem's Story
More than forty-five years ago, I started my first and only job at GBMC. I had just graduated from St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing with a diploma. Back then, there was not a push to continue our education towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) or further. My career at GBMC has been very rewarding. I married and raised a family, and it all fit into my work schedule.
Fast forward twenty-nine years. Two of my sons were in college when I decided to go back to school myself. With the help of GBMC’s Tuition Reimbursement and the T. Rowe Price Scholarship, I was able to obtain my BSN and then my Masters in Nursing Education. Ten years ago, I added teaching nursing students to my career. I teach for Towson University, right here on GBMC’s campus and on my own unit. That was a real win-win situation for me.
Now, I can honestly say that bringing new nurses to GBMC and showing them how to become professional, educated healthcare people is one of my greatest accomplishments in these past years. My life changed personally during these past twelve years, and I survived it all due to my increased education. That makes me feel accomplished.
The T. Rowe Price Scholarship was a blessing for me. During those years, I was one of two employees who received the award eight times. When I received my Masters in 2009, I was asked to join the T. Rowe Price Scholarship committee and have been there ever since. It is one of the greatest feelings that I could imagine, helping other employees fulfill their dreams by helping them finance their educational dreams.
Because of GBMC, I feel truly blessed that I am glad to help others with their educational goals.