What happens when you cross a medical professional, a mom, a counselor, and a superhero? You get a Lifeline Nurse. These ladies are super heroes in scrubs. They are here to serve the women and families who walk through our clinic doors. They perform the pregnancy tests and ultrasounds that give clients important information about their bodies and babies. In addition, they check in every week with expectant and new parents to make sure they have all the answers and supplies they need — all with compassion because they truly care about the families in our community. Lifeline would not be able to provide families with the care they need without these warriors in scrubs.
Kris spent most of her years as a nurse in surgery, first in Hannibal and then at Mizzou’s University Hospital in the level one trauma center. “I worked the weekend night shifts, where I saw everything,” she says. “And then I took five years off when my kids were small and stayed home, which was hard. I was ready to go back to work, and fell into this position by chance.” Lifeline needed a temporary nurse to fill in for the former nurse’s maternity leave, and it morphed into a permanent job as both nurses decided to work part-time. Kris is still here, now our fearless clinic manager.
Patty was far from the nursing field at first; originally earning her degree in English, she took an interest test at a career center that pointed her to nursing. She returned to school to get her associates in nursing. Her new career led her to work in oncology and outpatient surgery as well as on the general floor that handles everything, still the 4th floor at Northeast Regional Medical Center today. She joined the Lifeline team three years ago, and her passion for encouraging women has been a great asset to the clinic. “I just have a heart for them,” she explains.
Whether you need education on pregnancy or a listening ear, Kris and Patty are here for you. Their medical training in a variety of settings has prepared them to provide you with the health resources you need. And their years of experience as moms (and for Patty, a grandma) has given them a passion for empowering and encouraging women. Need a pregnancy test, ultrasound, or just someone to talk to about your potential pregnancy? Call, text, or email us today to schedule your appointment with one of these amazing ladies. All of our services are confidential and offered at no-cost.