May 12, 2016 10:00 AM

Bob and his military unit

In celebration of Nurses Week, today’s highlighted nurse is Bob Peacock. Bob works in our Acute Care Clinic, fills in as a nursing supervisor, and was a nurse on the BMT unit for many years.

I am a bad advertisement for why I became a nurse! Growing up I had no idea what I wanted to do. I joined the army at 19 because I needed a better job at the time. I joined Special Forces (SF) because I wanted to jump out of airplanes and became a medic because the army was not recruiting weapons men at the time. SF medic school is two years of the best combat trauma training in the world. When I was done I wanted to become a trauma surgeon but I wasn’t in the position to be able to go to college. I found a way to get the army to pay for me to go to nursing school to get out of working construction. It was the best career decision of my life. I don’t think any other medical career would have given me the opportunity to build the patient and coworker relationships that I have been able to build.

Oncology nursing makes me feel that I am able to do more to improve a patient’s life and quality of life. Having been at Huntsman Cancer Institute for 14 years, I’ve been able to still see patients that I helped transplant in 2006. Because of this long-lasting relationship, I’ve been able to see their kids grow up and be a part of their lives in a way that is special to oncology. Luckily for me, there are enough weapons men in the world and not enough medics/nurses.

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