Steve likely wins the “Most visits to Mt. Rushmore” award here at our office—twelve. Or more…he has lost count.
Understandable. Steve grew up in Custer, SD, so the famed presidential memorial is in his proverbial back yard. However, he spent even more time exploring the less traveled wilderness areas of Black Hills, and has a lasting love for hiking, camping, and the outdoors as a result.
After high school, Steve busied himself with a variety of jobs and some college coursework while trying to figure what to do with his life. He eventually joined the Navy, and was trained to be a corpsman, which is basically the equivalent of an LPN. Once discharged, he took advantage of the GI Bill to obtain his RN/BSN credentials from South Dakota Stake University in Brookings in 2013. He then worked in the RN float pool for Rapid City Regional Hospital for 3 years, and experienced a wide spectrum of nursing, including the ER, NICU, Pediatrics, and medical floors.
Although he enjoyed the hospital experience, he and his wife (also a float pool RN) were seeking change and thus headed out west. After a brief stint at Overlake Hospital, Steve joined our infusion team and has not looked back. He enjoys the opportunity to provide truly personalized, one-on-one care to the patients he serves, which is a vast departure from the hectic pace of the hospital setting. The job allows him to focus and truly be present, which is a fundamental tenet of outstanding patient care.
Steve and his wife have a four year old daughter, and recently added a rescue puppy to the family mix. As mentioned, they love to hike, explore, and camp, and have a goal to hike the entire Appalachian Trail someday. He is a skilled nurse, a conscientious colleague, and a great addition to the team.