Mary Eggert received her higher education training at Evangelical School of Nursing, Oak Lawn, IL , and served as student nurse representative at the Chicago area Student Nurse Association meetings. Eggert received a B.S.N./family nurse practitioner at Purdue University Calumet. As an intern, she worked with a midwife at West Suburban Women’s Health Care in Oak Park. This practice served women in the greater Chicago area who desired a home birth experience. Eggert worked in this practice for a number of years providing gynecological and home birth services. She attended some home births where the mother could have family members and friends present as the mother desired.
(Photo Courtesy of Mary Eggert)

(Photo Courtesy of Mary Eggert)

Eggert also went through a graduate program in Missions studying missions theory and practical application at Columbia International University. Following this, she did an internship with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) in Irian Jaya, Indonesia providing nursing care for tribal people in villages throughout the area. Eggert also assisted other mission volunteers in improving the quality of life there through improvements in diet, basic health maintenance practices, etc.

What are the responsibilities of your nursing role?

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“My first position as a registered nurse was caring for premature newborns weighing one pound or less. This was when they were first putting preemies on respirators. I have home health experience caring for a variety of patients some of whom were babies going through a ‘cold turkey’ withdrawal from the drugs their mothers were abusing.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties?

“I most enjoyed working with students while I was on faculty at area junior colleges teaching nurse assistant classes. I was fascinated in my position at Abbott Laboratories assisting in the preparation of FDA reports on adverse reactions to investigatory study drugs globally. The attention to adverse reactions in clinical trials is critical to the process of getting an effective and SAFE drug to waiting ill patients.”

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What certifications to extend your learning are you currently working on?

“Currently, after losing a niece to cocaine, I am working pro bono with Darryl Kronsted of K9 Confidential, Inc., a drug detection service that uses highly trained dogs to discover stashes of drugs that significant others are abusing. Mainly, I am working on getting the word out about this service so that family members can discover their loved one’s addiction before they succumb to an overdose. I will shortly be certified in the administration and instruction in the use of Naloxone, a drug to reverse the effects of narcotics in the event of an overdose.”

Do you have any advice for people who desire to pursue a similar career?

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“My general philosophy of nursing has been that the patient comes first. A nurse must keep the needs of her patient primary in her/his thinking. Florence Nightingale wrote of this prioritization: ‘Keeping a quiet, restful environment to promote recovery.’ There just are not too many times a nurse can fluff a pillow or give a sip of cold water.”

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