by Jason P. Smith
Jodee Trainor, RN, MSN, director of acute care services at Parker Adventist Hospital, said she became interested in nursing during her high school years.
Doing volunteer work at a local nursing home, Craig Rehabilitation and Denver General, Trainor said she was "captivated" with nurses.
"I wanted to be like them," she said.
After her volunteer work in high school, Trainor went on to the Presbyterian School of Nursing in 1969, graduating in June 1972 with diploma in nursing. In 1982, Trainor graduated cum laude from the University of Denver with her BSN. She then went on to earn her MSN in 1990 at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.
Trainor has been an RN for 33 years and with those years has come a multitude of different work experiences.
"I entered the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in 1972 and received an honorable discharge in 1974," she said. "From 1974 through 1982 I worked in a variety of clinical settings including, ICU, cath lab, and emergency department."
It was during this time that Trainor also worked as a flight nurse for St. Anthony’s Hospital Flight For Life program.
"In 1983 I returned to St. Anthony’s Hospital Flight For Life and committed about 15 years to the program," she said.
During that time she was appointed director (in 1990) and remained in the position until 1998, when she became director of two free-standing urgent care clinics. In 1998, Trainor was awarded the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) program director of the year.
"That was one of the most rewarding moments of my career," she said.
"I held this position until August of 2000, and then went to St. Mary-Corwin in Pueblo where I worked as a nurse educator and then director of critical care services," she said. "In September of 2003 I was offered my current position as director of acute care services at Parker Adventist Hospital."
According to Trainor, her job at Parker requires her to wear a variety of proverbial hats.
"My role at Parker is multifaceted," she said. "I direct services for the acute care unit, which includes medical/surgical and critical care patients, cardiovascular services, nurse staffing office and administrative coordinators."
Although that would be plenty for most, Trainor said keeping up with changes has been one of her biggest challenges.
"Keeping up with regulatory changes/requirements has been the most challenging aspect of my job," she said.
Of her job with Parker, Trainor said it’s the people she works with who make it a good place to be.
"I value the people I work with," she said. "The associates and the leadership team at Parker Adventist Hospital are exceptional."
Trainor has accomplished a lot in her career, but she is still looking to take on new and rewarding challenges.
"Someday I would like to serve as a chief nursing officer," she said.
When asked to describe her career in just two words, Trainor simply said it’s been "fulfilled and memorable."