It's National Nurses Week!
In honor of this special week, we are featuring some of the fantastic nurses in Northeast Iowa.
Meet Brenda Carradus. She is a registered nurse (RN) at Child Health Specialty Clinics in Oelwein, specializing in Iowa children and youth with special health care needs.
Brenda has touched the lives of so many Eastern Iowa families and has made such a positive impact in her community. Her co-workers say she is friendly, loving, caring, and has a great sense of humor.
We are so excited to introduce Brenda to you today!
NEID-Kaity: How long have you been a nurse? Where did you attend school?
Brenda: I have been a nurse for 40 years and attended school at Clinton Community Junior College.
NEID-Kaity: What inspired you to become a nurse?
Brenda: I have always enjoyed science, psychology, and health-related classes and felt becoming a nurse would challenge me in these areas.
NEID-Kaity: How did you become interested in this line of nurse-work?
Brenda: I had been a school nurse for 11 years and thought this line of nursing would allow me to focus more on the special needs of children and families.
NEID-Kaity: What do you enjoy most about being a nurse in this specialty field?
Brenda: Interaction with families and community partners.
NEID-Kaity: What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
Brenda: Helping families be the best they can be by accepting the challenges and jumping the hurdles.
NEID-Kaity: What is one thing you always say to your patients who are expecting or who currently have small children?
Brenda: "Focus on the day and be patient. Time flies and children grow quickly."
"Enjoy the little things and don't be in a hurry for the next stage in life."
NEID-Kaity: What advice would you give to any new parent or soon-to-be new parent?
Brenda: Don't expect everything to be good all the time. Parenting is the hardest and most frustrating job you will ever have; it can also be the most satisfying.
NEID-Kaity: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Brenda: I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, doing yard-work, and DIY projects.
NEID-Kaity: What is your favorite food?
Brenda: Dark chocolate...Is chocolate a food group yet? :-)
NEID-Kaity: Please share a favorite memory with us about a time at work.
Brenda: The best memories I have are when I see families we have discharged, sometimes a year or more later. They greet me like an old friend and tell me how well their child is doing. Success stories are wonderful!
Thank you for your time, Brenda. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy work day to be interviewed. It is very clear that you love the work you do, and the families you have the opportunity to work with.
Thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do.
Happy National Nurses Week!