Joan’s Story

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My name is Joan Boone and I have been a registered nurse for 28 years and have worked in a variety of nursing roles.  I have enjoyed my career immensely and find such satisfaction in helping others understand their health care conditions. I am currently working as a High Risk Nurse Case Manager at UnitedHealth Care in Minnetonka, MN. This is a telephonic role and I talk with people across the country every day that have three or more high risk health care conditions. My role is not only to provide education with regards to health care conditions, but also to encourage a change in health behaviors. By providing education and support, we hope to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

I joined this year in order to help inform students and persons thinking of a career change on the occupation of nursing. Many people think of hospital nursing as the only career possibility within nursing, and I want people to know about the variety of roles that are available to those considering nursing as a career.

In my role as mentor through I have helped students who are trying to determine where there interests are, educated them on a variety of different roles within nursing and in health care. It has been a journey for both me and the mentee as I have gone back through my career to discuss some of the roles that were the most satisfying for me, as well as some positions that didn’t work out for one reason or another. In this way, I can give comparisons to the mentee when they are trying to sort out what they truly see themselves doing in 2-4 years.

For those who are looking for a volunteer opportunity that allows you to share your own career experiences with the future, but don’t have the time to physically go to a college setting, is a good fit. The mentor is in control of the number of mentees they would like to work with, which helps with time management.