Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumna
Tracy Seeger grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She attended Notre Dame Academy.
Seeger always wanted to be a nurse. Instead, she took a job working in a dental lab, got married and started a family.
After seven years, she began working at an oral maxillofacial surgeon's office. She handled the front office and scheduling. She loved her job, but never forgot her desire to become a nurse.
When Seeger was 35, she decided that her boys were old enough and she was ready to pursue her dreams of becoming a nurse.
She took her time to research her options and toured various schools. She instantly liked Owens Community College the best.
She began part time and worked on her prerequisites. Then when she reached her core classes, she began attending full time. She was still working full time as well.
"The clinical experience at Owens was phenomenal. They used every available second to teach us. The faculty wanted us to succeed," said Seeger.
She was able to get all the extra help she wanted, including extended hours in a skills lab and outside help in the Math Center.
In 2001, Seeger graduated and took her nursing board exam.
She was hired by Flower Hospital as a nurse intern in the operating room. She was one of the first nurse interns that they had ever hired right after graduation.
She quickly moved to pre-operative holding and found that she loved it.
"Getting ready for surgery is a stressful time for patients. I found that I was able to calm their nerves and really make a difference," said Seeger.
In August, Seeger moved to the newly built Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital, one of only 30 free-standing orthopedic hospitals in the nation. She still works in pre-op and continues to love her job.
She credits much of her success to her great start at Owens, along with devoting herself to her career.
"I have heard so many nursing directors say that they wouldn't hesitate to take an Owens student because they are so well prepared," said Seeger.
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