Instructor Highlight: Paulette Rex, Nursing Program
What if you could have the best of both worlds in your career? Paulette Rex, instructor at Stautzenberger College's Maumee campus, found a way to incorporate both of her passions in her job. Nursing and teaching are equally enjoyable for her, and she is now able to practice both daily.
Paulette began her career as a unit secretary through LPN school at Northwest Ohio Practical Nurse Training Center. Student by day, she participated in clinicals during the swing shift at St. Vincent’s Hospital. After graduation, Paulette worked at Mercy Hospital, first in medical-surgical nursing and then in ICU. There, she was responsible for turning, back rubbing, and powdering patients every two hours. She completed nearly all tasks except for administering medications and hanging blood.
Paulette resumed her RN training by taking what classes she could afford, even if it was only one per quarter. Despite seven-day work weeks and the birth of her second child, she graduated from Owen’s Technical College in December of 1980. Passing her boards with honors, she transferred to the coronary care step down unit. In 1984, she graduated from Mercy College of Detroit with her BSN. She worked as charge nurse of the step down unit for several years until beginning staff development. This was when she discovered her love for teaching.
Mercy Hospital closed in December of 1996, so Paulette transferred to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center to work in staff development for another eighteen years. In November 2013, this department was eliminated, so Paulette began at Advanced Healthcare Center as an assistant director of nursing. She then transferred to Advanced Specialty Hospital as a shift supervisor. Here, she cares for critical patients discharged directly from the ICU’s.
Not every day is easy, but Paulette perseveres because of the honor of helping patients and teaching new nurses. If you would like to learn from her, call 888.859.8225 or complete our Request Information form. It is Paulette's sincere wish that you enjoy nursing as much as her.