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A Nurse for 52 Years

March 27, 2014

by paigedesorbo

Most nurses seems to have a story and with the story a reason they decided to become a nurse in the first place. Karen Campbell, a nurse at Dr. Joel Spiro’s Dermatology office on Madison Avenue has a few reasons why she has stayed a nurse for 52 years.

The last 41 years of her career she has worked at the office just west of Lake Avenue.

“I’m not going anywhere else I love this job way too much to leave,” Campbell said.

On a daily basis she takes patient histories, assists during surgeries, performs treatment, charts patient visits, and returns patients phone calls. She works 21 hours a week over three days.

“She is a fantastic person and fantastic nurse she truly cares about everybody,” said Nancy Trzcinski the nurse practitioner in the office who has known Campbell for 16 years.

Campbell knew she wanted to be a nurse at a young age. As a child she had a sick father who was paralyzed. She spent a lot of time around caregivers like the nurses, and doctors who treated and medicated her father. Campbell attended the old Milne High School in the Pine Hills area, where all of the teachers were college students from the University at Albany.

She worked as a candy striper in the pediatrics wing during high school and from there she attended St. Peters Hospital School of Nursing. She then worked at St. Peters Hospital for 10 years, four in the in the pediatric wing and the other six rotating throughout the hospital.

Campbell was a patient of Spiro’s for four years when he offered her a job. It came at the perfect time for this mother of seven children

“Work was actually my sanity with seven little kids running around at home,” she said. She has found satisfaction in the field of dermatology.

“Dermatology always has new medications, treatments, and new people to help,” she said.

For her work, she has traveled all over the country for different dermatology conventions. She has noticed over time how many more treatments and medication are available.

Karen Campbell helping a patient./Paige DeSorbo

Karen Campbell helping a patient./Paige DeSorbo

“Making someone feel better is the best part about being a nurse,” she said. She has developed a relationship with many of her patients and co- workers.

“With her patients she has the best rapport, she is also a team player which is important in an office,” said Patti Gallagher, who has worked with her for nine years. “She truly has an extrovert personality and is a great mentor.”

Campbell, 73 and married for 50 years now has seven grandchildren who live all around the country. She has no plans to retire but when she does she wants to spend time with those seven grandchildren.

“This job keeps me young, and healthy that’s why I don’t think I will be going anywhere anytime soon.” -30-


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