Chester resident and Channel Marker Nurse Care Manager Christine Garvey didn’t start out to be a nurse. Her detour to the healthcare profession came 23 years after earning a B.S. in business from Towson University.
Following a successful career in the catering industry, Garvey was raising three children when she was inspired to explore nursing after interacting with some amazing health care providers. Believing she had the compassion and dedication critical to be a successful RN, Christine turned to Chesapeake in 2010 to start her journey.
“The knowledgeable and caring instructors, manageable course work, and convenient location allowed me to fulfill a dream and change careers,” Garvey explained. “It was a rigorous and demanding program that taught me to become organized and efficient in everything that I did.”
Christine recalls her time at Chesapeake as one of the most challenging as she juggled her roles as wife, mother, employee and student. By Spring 2013, she had earned her degree and passed the state boards for her RN license.
Today, Christine is a Home Health program manager for Channel Marker, a psychiatric rehab program working with the chronically mentally ill. Focusing on a whole-person approach, she coordinates all aspects of health care for vulnerable populations to improve their overall wellness.
Learn more in this week’s Peake Proud alumni profile:
Q: Do you have a standout memory from your time at Chesapeake?
A: The most memorable moment was during a nursing rotation when I had an opportunity to stay with a family in the palliative care room. It’s incredibly powerful to be present for a patient and their family during this time of transition.
Q Did you have a favorite instructor?
A: My favorite nursing instructor was Janet Wilson Brown. We got off to a rough start during one clinical rotation but we ended that time with great mutual respect! She challenged me to work outside my comfort zone and allowed me great growth potential.
Q: What‘s the best career advice you every received?
A: Take chances; there is something to learn each and every day.
Q: What one technology do you regularly use or rely on that you wish was available when you were at Chesapeake? Why and/or how would it have enhanced your Chesapeake experience?
A: I wish we’d had that beautiful new Health professions and Athletic Center. It is so nice to have everything located in one facility.
Q: Because of my time at Chesapeake …
A: I have the foundation to take my nursing career in any direction I choose. I have endless opportunities to advance my career and my personal growth as a professional.