Nicole McIrney RN joined OHC this year to help with covid vaccinations and testing.
She graduated with a BSN from Quinnipiac University in 2019.
Nicole has done a great job answering covid vaccine questions and helping people feel comfortable receiving the vaccine.
Here is Nicole’s story:
Growing up with my mom as a RN was a huge part in why I myself went to nursing school. I had always known I had wanted to work in the medical field, especially oncology, but after volunteering at a local hospital in high school, (and my mom encouraging me to apply to nursing school) I knew nursing would be my path in life. Having the honor to be with individuals during some of their most vulnerable moments and being their advocate is something I will always cherish.
Aside from OHC I have been a med-surg hematology/oncology nurse for a little over a year and a half, where I am also currently getting my chemo administration certification online through ONS
How you ended up in occ health: I had been interested in a per diem job for quite a bit, especially interested in helping out with administering the covid vaccine. One day in January my mom happened to stumble across OHC while scrolling on Facebook. She sent me the link to apply and I am so happy I did!
What your job at OHC is like: I have been with OHC for about 8 weeks now. So far I have been working at Pfizer in Andover administering the covid vaccine to employees and at a self-swab covid site in Lynn as a covid resource nurse. Being able to administer the vaccine to individuals has been an honor and my absolute favorite. I love seeing the “masked-smiles” and hope on people’s faces as they look forward to a healthier & happier future.
Advice for the next generation of nurses: It is okay not to know everything! Always ask questions! As a nurse I believe we are life-long learners, and that is just one of many reasons why this profession is so rewarding. Aside from that nursing is no one-way street. Every single nurse will have a different pathway and experience simply because the field of nursing offers so many diverse job opportunities.
My photo: A photo of me just a few months off orientation as a new grad nurse in the middle of a world-wide pandemic. A part of my life I will never forget, but has shaped me into the nurse I am today.