Rebecca Ray grew up in Fort Myers, Fla. She always wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse, but wasn't sure how to put that plan into action. In 2003, she and her husband decided to move to Perrysburg, to be closer to his family.
One hot day in August, shortly after they moved, she and her three children were playing at the pool in their apartment complex. She was talking with a neighbor about her dream of becoming a nurse.
Her neighbor told her about the nursing program at Owens Community College. She went home that day and researched Owens on the internet. Within weeks, she had begun her classes.
"The transition from stay-at-home mom to full-time student was so easy for me because Owens made it easy," said Ray.
She worked full time at Mercy Health Partners, attended Owens, cared for her children and maintained a 3.8 GPA. Ray loved her time at Owens and felt it was the best place to prepare her for a career in nursing.
During her last semester at Owens, she was required to do 120 hours in four months working with a nurse in her desired field. She chose to complete her training at the Labor and Delivery Department at St. Charles Mercy Medical Center with a nurse she met through her job at Mercy.
The time she spent there convinced her further that Labor and Delivery was the place she was meant to be. She was told they didn't hire new grads, but was recommended to spend a year in medical surgery to gain experience and then check back to see if there were any openings.
She worked for about a year in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. In November 2008, there was an opening at St. Charles in Labor and Deliver and Post-partum care.
She jumped on the opportunity and has loved every minute of it.
"It is humbling to be a part of someone's birth experience. Every time I am part of a birth, I know that is why I am here and I have Owens to thank" said Ray.
Ray is dedicated to learning more about her field and making the birth process easier for her patients.