A Life of Wellness

 

February 1, 2020 | View PDF

For Flagler Health+ APRN Shawn Wells, caring for others has always been a personal passion. Originally hailing from Michigan, she relocated to Titusville with her family as a child. With NASA just around the corner, the space program played a big influence in her early life, as Wells notes that her early-life aspirations included a potential career as an electrical engineer. That quickly changed by the time she went to college, as she attained her initial BA in Exercise Physiology from University of North Florida, while minoring in sports medicine. It was during this time that Wells would marry her husband Raymond, and ultimately relocate to St. Augustine. 7 years later, after having 3 children of her own, Wells would receive her next calling after a friend’s baby had to have open heart surgery. Witnessing the important role nurses played in taking care of the patient and the family as well, Wells found herself inspired to go back to school to become a nurse.

Working as a server by night, Wells enrolled in Daytona State College’s full-time ADN program where she fell in love with nursing. While attending classes, she passed the CNA certification test and got her first job at Flagler Hospital as a Patient Care Technician in the hospital’s Cardiovascular unit, before transferring to ICU. Upon graduation, Wells would become a night nurse in the Medical ICU unit in 2008. She found the time to balance taking her children to school, helping them with homework by day, and working at night. During this time, Wells decided to return to school after being accepted to UNF’s Bachelor of Nursing Program, a step she would need to take toward achieving her ultimate goal, becoming a nurse practitioner.


“I aspired to be a nurse practitioner when in nursing school, but with raising three young, active children, my husband reentering the military and being deployed, it took a while for the timing to be right,” Wells explained. I decided I was going to return to school and follow my aspirations, a decision based not only on my own desires, but a desire to be an example to my children and show them first hand, that you can reinvent yourself and follow your dreams when you work hard and sacrifice at any age.”

While Wells said that the return to school did present challenges and understanding on behalf of her family members due to the time that would be involved, it would all pay off in the end as she was able to attain her Nursing BA in 2015. It paid off, as she completed school, getting her Nursing BA in 2015. It was at this time that the opportunity to be the Manager of Critical Care at Flagler Hospital presented itself. Wells would apply, and receive the promotion, which would see her managing four different units which included MICU, SICU, ICCU, and the Monitor Bank, which comprised of about 150 employees that she would manage. Wells continued on to Nurse Practitioner school full-time in Spring 2016, again balancing work, school, and home life.

The hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance would endure as, in 2018, Wells would achieve what she set out to accomplish from the beginning, completing school, passing the American Association of Nurse Practitioners board exam, and becoming an APRN. As fate would have it, Wells was granted perhaps an even greater gift upon achieving her goal, as it would come at a time when Flagler Hospital was transitioning into Flagler Health+. This expansion of services led Wells to pursue a position in Primary Care, treating patients in her new role at the Flagler Health+ Village at MuraBella.

“I believe it is as important to treat the family as it is the individual which is why the vision of Flagler Health+ treating the community, adding health villages resonated with me,” Wells said. “Your path may not always be clear, but if you make forward progress and remain true to yourself, you will find your way.”

Shawn Wells is an APRN at Flagler Health+ Village at MuraBella. She is passionate about serving the military, their families, and the underserved.

About Us: Flagler Hospital is a 335-bed, acute care hospital. The hospital has operated as a not-for-profit healthcare institution in St. Augustine, Florida, since its founding in 1889. Flagler Hospital has also earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission for primary stroke care centers, national accreditation for its total hip and total knee replacement programs, accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, Center of Excellence designation for its bariatric surgery center, and ANCC magnet status for nursing excellence. To learn more about all of the hospital’s services, log on to http://www.FlaglerHospital.org.

 
 

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