Ingrid Jones RN retires and looks North for next challenge
September 17, 2017
Forty years ago, Ketchikan still had a frontier feel – most people had work tied to logging and fishing; Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) had settled into its new location on Tongass, physicians in private practice took turns taking call in the Emergency Department and young Ingrid Pihl would soon begin her nursing career.
“Nursing was my calling,” she said recently. “I played nurse as a little girl growing up.” She started as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 1979 at KGH. She’s been a Registered Nurse since 1983.
When asked what makes a good nurse, Ingrid, now Ingrid Jones, says, “a commitment to compassion.” And, while the economy is more diverse and KGH has expanded into a Medical Center with its own providers, Ingrid has stayed as a steady presence; a loving and compassionate caregiver at PeaceHealth Ketchikan.
She closed her career at Ketchikan Medical Center Friday (September 15) when she left her second-floor Manager’s office in New Beginnings Birthing Center. During her multi-faceted career, she has been a nurse in Med/Surg, the Special Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Department, Infection Prevention, Healthcare Improvement, House Supervisor and in the Pediatric and Orthopedic Clinics.
New adventures await! Her husband, Dave Jones is principal at the Barrow Elementary School. He’s been at Alaska’s northernmost community since July and Ingrid will join him in October after a trip to see family. She’ll still work as a nurse.
“You should see their new hospital!,” she said, “it’s amazing! It’s three years old and, like KMC, it’s a Critical Access Hospital. I’ll be working relief. It’s a beautiful area, much different from Southeast, of course, but the people are wonderful.”
The Jones’ aren’t cutting ties with Ketchikan. They’ll return home for the holidays and summers much to the happiness of family and longtime friends.
Quoting a news release from Ketchikan Medical Center, "Some things are changing. Ingrid will be off to new challenges and opportunities. But, some things will stay the same because Ingrid has left a deep and lasting impression on those with whom she worked and the patients who came under her care. We are all better for knowing her."
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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