Hi, my name is Stacia Schupman-Jacks. I have been a nurse for thirty-four years. I started as an ER nurse and have, always, kept one foot in ER nursing while working in ICU, Cath lab, and On-Call Hospice nursing.
I was an officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserves for fifteen years. In 2003, I was deployed to Bosnia for a tour of duty with other United Nations forces. My assignment was to manage the ER, ICU and Medical Treatment Facility at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. This responsibility was unique, for me, because our patients were either wounded allied military personnel, civilians or possible military combatants.
Other assignments were to fly aboard U.S. Air Force C-130 transports with soldiers who needed more definitive care, whether physical and / or mental. Away from the safety and security of the hospital, we performed medical missions in the hills of Bosnia; this was an eye-opening experience to realize how blessed we are, here, in the United States.
I was, also, selected to be part of a nurse exchange program at a British Army camp for a week. This meant a helicopter ride flying close to the ground over and around the Bosnian hills to avoid being fired upon. The location of the camp was close to Sarajevo.
Upon returning to the States, I began working, full time, at NAMC’s Cath Lab and, PRN, at Seton Premiere Staffing. I have held both positions for the last eighteen years.
In 2017, I completed a BSN degree I began long before…proof that it’s never too late and you are never too old to learn.
My career in nursing has been a great blessing to me and a most rewarding calling; I cannot imagine giving my life to any other profession.