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At A Glance...

  NAME: Daniell Shertzer    POSITION: Nurse, Postpartum/Nursery Unit
  YEAR: 1996 EMPLOYER: Western Maryland Health System
  MAJOR: Nursing  



Q. Why did you choose your major?
A. I chose nursing because I really liked science, but mainly because my grandmother was a nurse and I loved hearing her tell interesting stories about the various things she encountered during her career. Oh, and full disclosure, because I wanted unlimited access to that good hospital ice.
Q. What advice would you give to students interested in your career path?
A. My son is currently a second semester nursing student at ACM. The best advice I could give to students choosing nursing as their career path is that although there will be days when every part of your is challenged, keep going! It is worth it!  Stay focused on your goals, work hard, ask lots of questions, and before you know it you will have RN behind your name.
Q. What was your overall experience at ACM?
A. My overall experience at ACM was a very positive one. I felt the small class size created an environment in which the staff knew each student, and that personal touch fostered an overall better learning experience.
Q. Who was your favorite ACM Faculty/Staff member?  Why?
A. It is difficult to pick just one favorite faculty member, so I would have to say it is a tie between Rick Cooper and Debbie Costello. Both were excellent in the classroom and clinically, always available to anser questions or offer words of encouragement.
Q. What is your greatest achievement in your career?
A. Honestly, I consider the biggest achievement in my career to be simply the basic day to day direct care of patients and the impact that has on them. As nurses, we are privileged to be able to share with people the most intimate moments of their lives. Each patient leaves an indelible mark on who we are, both personally and professionally. For me, that is my sustenance; what keeps me going when the days are long and challenging, a necessary reminder of why we do what we do. As I reflect back to my twenty-one-year-old self who graduated so green and eager to use all of the skills I had learned, with so much yet to learn still ahead of me, if that very same girl asked me today, "If you knew then what you know now, would you still become a nurse?" The answer is unequivocally, "In a heartbeat!"


Daniell Shertzer and son Ben ShertzerDaniell Shertzer and son, Ben Shertzer, following in his mother's footsteps.