“Second Career” nurse at PMC Fort Mill shares story



ROCK HILL, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – Leaders with Piedmont Medical Center Fort Mill say they have several nurses throughout their hospital who started in one career but decided to take on nursing, saying its a “calling”.

The career change comes at a good time as many hospitals here locally and nationally face nurse shortages.

Kim Russell is a Registered Nurse on the labor and delivery floor at Piedmont Medical Center Fort Mill.

She says her love for nursing grew when her father-n-law was sick.

“I was a school teacher. I taught for four years. I taught three years in Florida and then one year in Columbia, South Carolina”, says Russell.

Russell says she realized her true calling was caring for people. She left the world of teaching, went back to school and now has been a nurse for 17 years.

“I love being able to love on people. I love being able to just show them care and compassion. I love helping mamas become new mamas”, says Russell.

According to a report, in 2021 more than 300,000 health care workers left the job due to burnout from the COIVD pandemic and some retiring.

With the demand for nurses nationwide, Chris Mitchell, CEO of PMC Fort Mill says they also need more at the Fort Mill campus.

” We have really developed a culture of caring in the building and we are looking to expand that. We’ve received a number of patients since then, that’s grown and therefore we need to grow with it”, says Mitchell.

As for Kim, she’ll be the first to admit, the job of nursing isn’t easy but being able to help those in need is worth it.

“I love nursing, it is my calling. It really is”, says Russell.

Piedmont Medical Center in Fort Mill is having a hiring event. It will be Thursday, January 26th in Fort Mill. To learn more, visit: Hiring Event

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