Julie Ferrantino joined OHC this year and is a pleasure to work with.
Here is her story:
Hi! My name is Julie Ferrantino, and I have been a nurse for 16 years. I went to nursing school after taking a job at Memorial Hospital in Worcester when I was 18 and being fascinated by the nursing staff. I started working there in the patient transport department and absolutely loved the patient interaction and the hospital environment. I began my career there as a new grad RN and have been there ever since- 23 years!! I got my MSN in Nursing Education from UMass Grad School of Nursing in 2011 and have been a Nursing Education Safety Specialist at Memorial Hospital for the past 10 years.
I have always loved nursing because there are so many different avenues to pursue. I worked for 5 years in forensics as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, I have taught CPR for my community, I have been an adjunct faculty member and clinical instructor for local schools of nursing, and I am always looking to explore new fields!
That’s what led me to occupational health. A few colleagues I work with have been working for OHC and were always talking about it. So, I said “I need to check this out”. I had never worked in occ health before, so I thought it was a great way to get experience in a new field of nursing!
Since working for OHC, my jobs consist of helping to keep the community safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. I work at various different sites doing temperature and Covid screenings for employees and helping with Covid testing at local colleges and other large companies throughout Central MA. It’s so interesting to learn about new occupations and companies through doing this work, for example- one of the sites I frequently work at is an international insulin pump manufacturing company. I have read a lot about what the company does, and it is amazing!
Being in an autonomous role at my full-time job at the hospital has really helped me succeed at OCH! I feel fortunate to be able to branch into so many avenues of nursing. Nursing truly is an ever changing, highly dynamic field and if you are heading down the path of becoming a nurse, I can promise you that you will never, ever be bored.
When I’m not working, I soak up every second and spend my time with my 2 kids and my puppy, being outdoors as much as possible! We love the mountains and the beach, and we split our time equally between the 2.