At the age of 19, a single mom and pregnant with my second child, I began my journey towards the medical field. It was a defining time in my life because I had graduated from high school and was seeking employment but was unsuccessful. When a family friend suggested, I enroll in the certified nurse assistant program at Dawson Technical College in Chicago. I went to Dawson for placement testing. My test scores were so high that the counselor suggested I enroll in the practical nurse program. I became an LPN in September 1995 at the age of twenty-one.
My first job was in a nursing home in the inner city. After this, I worked at a supplemental agency that allowed me to travel to different areas of town and suburbs, hospitals, nursing facilities, and private duty. In 1998 I began working with American Home Health. My first case was a young child with a ventilator. I remember how frightened I was, but I also remember how rewarding it felt. Not only was I able to gain nursing experience, but I learned how to cook from the child’s mother.
During my nursing career, I’ve had several mentors that encourage me to return to school to pursue a career in registered nursing. In September 2001, I enrolled in Olive Harvey College and completed the Associate of Science program with honors. In May 2011, I completed a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Chicago State University (University Honor Roll). The flexibility of working home health allowed me to attend school and focus on my studies.
As of September 2019, I have been a nurse for twenty-four years. My nursing career has allowed me to provide for myself and my children. I genuinely appreciate American Home Health for providing me with a foundation to offer exceptional quality and compassionate care for my patients.
Kimberly Mackey, RN, BSN