We ask the nurses of Maranatha Human Services the same 10 questions as part of a blog series we’re running in honor of Nurses Month.
Q: How long have you been a nurse?
Danielle Slinsky: I have been a nurse for 14 years. I went to school at SUNY Ulster. I first started out working as a DSP for ARC, but after watching how our house nurse did her job with such grace and ease, I [was inspired]. I’ve also worked full-time as a hospice nurse for the last 6 years.
Q: When did you realize that you wanted to become a nurse?
DS: I’ve always had a passion for wanting to help people. I volunteered at a first aid squad as a kid, running calls with my father. Once I had kids, I decided I needed to do more with my life. I realized nursing was the way to go. I took various jobs at ARC throughout college to pursue my dream. I had to get through the curriculum while managing a full-time work schedule.
Q: How long have you been with Maranatha?
DS: I have been at Maranatha just shy of three years. Before that, I worked at ARC for 23 years.
Q: What is something that you wish people knew about being a nurse?
DS: I do not feel people understand the complexity of nursing. It’s more than giving pills and taking vitals. You are the backbone of the medical team. There are so many different paths in nursing. For me, it’s about the compassion and ability to make someone smile by providing the best care, so they may live a full life. It encompasses every aspect of life, not just medical but social and psychological as well. One area affects all others.
Q: If you weren’t in this profession, what do you think you’d be doing?
DS: That’s a tricky one…I always wanted to join the army, but once I had my kiddos that changed quickly and it became about providing for my family. Working in this field is something I have always known. I started doing it right out of high school.
Q: What do you like most about what you do?
DS: I love the individuals. I am not just their nurse but someone they can rely on to bring out a smile, joke around, and have fun with. I believe in them living to their full potential and do not believe that’s tapped into enough. I love seeing the dedication from most staff, how they can go above and beyond to ensure everyone is treated as people and not a label.
Q: When you’re not working, what are the type of things do you like to do?
“I like to tinker and fix things. I love to spend time with my family and my puppies.”
DS: When not working I love love love to travel! I love to see other cultures and explore new things. I love to hike, kayak, and do yard work. I like to tinker and fix things. I love to spend time with my family and my puppies.
Q: What do you prefer? Sweet or savory?
DS: Definitely sweet. I’m a junk food junky.
Q: What do you prefer? Movie or book?
DS: Movie-if I can sit still long enough.
Q: If you were trapped on a desert island, what are five items that you would want with you while you waited for rescue?
DS: LOL…..My wife because any adventure together is amazing, cell phone to remain in touch with my family, Diet Cherry Pepsi because that’s my go-to, my puppies, and shelter.
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