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Know the Nurses: Laura Mech

Today in Know the Nurses we’re introducing you to one of our private duty nurses, Laura Mech, RN, who has been with PHS since August 2012 . We already know these nurses provide comprehensive, round-the-clock care for patients in their homes every day, but here are a few fun facts about Laura you might not know.

Laura snuggles with her nephew.

  •  The most rewarding thing about working for PHS is seeing a child grow and thrive, knowing I played a very small part in it. (PHS edit: we don’t think it’s as small as she thinks)
  • I like to wear cardigans. My friends call me “Mr. Rogers”.
  • I love dumpster diving. Transforming something that was headed for the garbage into something beautiful is so much fun. A little elbow grease and some paint and…Voila!
  • I love vanilla creamer!
  • My most prized possessions are my children’s art work they have done in school. Anything with glued on macaroni and glitter qualifies!

With her son at his first 5k

  • I run 5K’s regularly. I am slow, but I always finish.
  • I recently installed a punching bag in my garage and I have started boxing.
  • I love the smell of Cinnabon.
  • My last shift my heart melted-I brought my kiddo a treat and he signed “Thank you, Nurse Laura”. It was the first time I had seen him put multiple words together.
  • I always envisioned having three daughters and a house full of pink, dolls and tea parties. What I got was three sons and a house full of dirt, legos, and sports equipment, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    Laura and her sister at the Get Lucky 7k

  • I met my husband when I was 16. We have been together 20 years and we just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.
  • Traveling is important. My mom instilled a sense of adventure in me. Exploring new places and immersing yourself in a new cultures teaches you things you can’t learn any other way.
  • I really don’t like to cook.
  • I became a nurse because it is the essence of who I am. Caring for others brings me the greatest joy.
  • I believe giving of yourself and your time always comes back to you two fold.

    Ziplining in Hawaii

  • I love water-pools, lakes, and the ocean. If I could spend most of my time by a body of water, I would.

We love learning more about private duty nurses and hearing their stories. Do you know a PHS nurse who you’d like to see highlighted? 

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Originally published: July 12, 2013

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