10 Questions with Jeremy Daugherty, BSN, RN, CNOR
Year of graduation from Mount Carmel: I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in 1995, in the second class to earn the baccalaureate degree.
Other degrees or certification: I hold the certification CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room).
Professional highlights: I enjoy my role as nurse manager, Surgery, Anesthesia and PACU, at Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital. And, I currently sit on the Lifeline of Ohio Medical Advisory Board of Directors, due to my work with Lifeline of Ohio over the past several years and my having assisted in creating their policy for Donation After Cardiac Death.
Original hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Current hometown: Pickerington, Ohio
When did you first feel the call to be a nurse? My high school assessment test indicated I was best suited as a physical therapist or a nurse. It was an easy choice for me, because I had many nurse influences in my life, including my aunt and my mom’s best friend whom we were close with. She was actually going through nursing school and I would look through her anatomy books, just amazed at how our bodies are put together and how it all works. It was so fascinating.
What television show do you have to DVR every week? I’m a reality TV show junkie: Survivor, Big Brother, and yes, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, which I watch with my wife.
What book is currently on your nightstand (or at the top of your Kindle favorites)? Pallet Projects, because I like to be handy and create things for around the house.
What is your favorite memory of Mount Carmel? Coming in as a transfer student (married with a daughter, and as a commuter) was awkward, but students accepted me. I was also fortunate to form a great friendship with Dr. Ann Schiele (president emeritus), with whom I would talk golf, nursing, and anything that was on our minds.
How has your Mount Carmel network helped you in your life, personally or professional or both? I have met so many people over the years from working in the OR, including staff who are now at other hospitals or other areas of health care, vendors and physicians. It’s a running joke that no matter where I go, anywhere, I run into at least one person I know. The OR community is such a small one that you are connected, or someone you know is connected, to many institutions around the United States. I have friends who are travelling nurses and others who have relocated, but we still keep in touch. This has helped both personally and professionally if I ever need anything. And, I’m very proud of a current student who calls me her uncle. My wife and I have known Tori Williams’ parents since before she was born. We lived in the same new neighborhood in Pickerington and spent many summer trips together up to Kelly’s Island. When Tori entered her senior year of high school, I had her shadow me in the OR so I could entice her to look at nursing as a profession. She was hooked, and when she chose my alma mater – Mount Carmel College of Nursing – I was thrilled. Since she’s been at MCCN, I’ve had her shadow different staff in the OR so she can understand this side of nursing. I may not be her biological uncle, but am so glad to have had a small part in guiding her into a profession that is like no other. I know she’ll be an outstanding nurse and I am privileged to watch her grow into this amazing profession. (Editor’s note: Read more about Tori in the Fall 2019 issue, the Lamp).
What advice would you like to share with other nurses as they move from student to alumni of Mount Carmel? Always continue to learn. We are always learning. Every day I learn something new, and it doesn’t have to be big to have an impact on the care I provide my patients, or the support I can give to my staff of 92. And, be a resource. I say never pass up a chance to pass along what you know to others, we all started somewhere on a Day 1. And, remember those who took the time to teach you!