Mekael Holt is a clinical instructor at our DDC locale in St. George. Although she is in southern Utah enjoying the warm weather, we wanted to official welcome her to the Nightingale team. We got the chance to talk and get to know a bit more about her.
Where are you from?
Everywhere. My dad was in the military when I was kid, so we moved around a lot. Home is wherever my family is. (We love that answer.)
What inspired you to become a nurse?
My grandfather had a stroke and lost his ability to speak. Several years after his stroke, he fell and broke his hip. The nurse he had while he was in the hospital was awful and grouchy. I decided to be a nurse, so I could help make sure patients were treated properly and with care.
What is your favorite or most memorable experience as a nurse?
The most memorable experiences is not a pleasant one! I have plenty of funny experiences from working in the operating room.
Do you specialize is a specific field of nursing?
Surgical nursing and then Family Nurse Practitioner.
Why did you decide to become a nursing instructor?
I’ve always wanted to teach. I think it’s awesome to teach and inspire the next generation of nurses and help teach them how to be the best nurse possible!
Is there any advice you want to share with our current nursing learners?
Don’t ever give up! Nursing can sometimes be hard, school can sometimes be hard, but the rewards of nursing cannot be found anywhere else. Also, every patient you care for is someone’s mother, father, sister, brother, child, etc. They deserve to be treated and cared for as if they were your own family.
Now to the real questions.
Do you prefer Coke or Pepsi?
Is that even a question? Wild Cherry Pepsi!!
Do you have a favorite TV show?
I have several favorite TV shows, but I don’t watch much TV. When I do, my favorites include Law and Order SVU, Modern Family, The Goldbergs, and the Blacklist.
Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with us?
I love reading mystery novels, historical fiction, and personal development/improvement books. I love playing board or card games. I’m married, have four kids and a cat. I began my nursing career with one child and was pregnant with my second during my last year of nursing school (and I get very sick with pregnancy). I had four children when I completed my Master’s, so if I can do it, you can too! My favorite season is Spring. My favorite color is purple. I love 80’s music. Someday I hope to go on a medical mission to a foreign country.