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Slice of life: North Country nurse Jocelyn Pawlicki
As part of an ongoing series highlighting people in the community, Williams-Grand Canyon News sat down to talk with nurse Jocelyn Pawlicki about her job at North Country HealthCare
Jocelyn Pawlicki tends to a patient at North Country HealthCare clinic in Williams. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Jocelyn Pawlicki tends to a patient at North Country HealthCare clinic in Williams. Ryan Williams/WGCN
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How long have you worked here?

I've worked here for almost a year, since September 23 of last year.

What made you decide to go into nursing?

I was originally an EMT up at the Grand Canyon on Search and Rescue for PSAR (Preventative Search and Rescue). I was kind of looking at becoming a ranger, but I didn't want to necessarily like carry a gun and take care of people that way, I wanted to just take care of people, not that the gun thing scares me.

But after becoming an EMT I just loved it. I loved the chaos of the emergency scene and giving care to people who really really need it. And being able to, even if they had a broken bone or something, I could still make them smile, and that really made my day.

What's a typical day like for you?

Busy. Very busy. We usually see anywhere from like 13 to 17 patients just in the office, and that is anything from diabetic follow-ups to hospital follow-ups to new patients coming in. And we are just busy answering phone calls, refilling medications. Sometimes we have an emergency in the urgent care that we work with, so we can get pulled many directions, and constantly trying to keep the doctors on track and keeping us on track with patients. So it's very busy all day. I think it's probably busier than being on the floor in a hospital, because we are just constantly doing stuff.

What's the best part of your job?

I grew up here, so being able to give back to my community and take care of people that I've known my whole life is super rewarding to me. And being able to relate to people on a very personal basis regarding their health or life in general and seeing them all the time is very very rewarding. You get to establish a rapport with your patients and you see them and wave to them in the store and stuff. That part of it's super rewarding. Being a part of the community is awesome, I would say that's the best part.

What's the worst part of your job?

Dealing with insurance companies, by far. That is probably the worst part, because you can be on the phone forever with a prior authorization for a simple medication. Back and forth faxes and phone calls, that's the worst for sure.

Do you have a favorite area of nursing to work in?

I love the office setting. I wasn't sure that I would like it at first because I was so emergency medicine oriented. But I love it, I really like it a lot. But on the other hand when things get a little settled down for me at home, I have a 17-year-old and a four-year-old baby and being a single mom I can't really be in the ER all the time. But I would love to be in the ER/ICU. I originally intended to be a flight nurse, but you know sometimes life has different paths for you. But this is perfect, and I get to be in urgent care a lot and I like that part.

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