From a professional standpoint, I have been a pediatric nurse for 30 years. I spent 20 years at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh providing direct patient care to children in a variety of acute care settings. For the last 10 years, I have been teaching pediatric nursing at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa where I primarily teach at the bedside in a women and children’s hospital. I have a BSN, MSN, and PhD in nursing.
From a personal point of view, I have 5 amazing daughters. The oldest two are biological. Tiffany is the oldest and is studying to be a pediatric surgeon, and the Brittany is married and owns a business with her husband. The younger 3 girls were adopted from China. Hannah was born in Hangzhou and joined our family at 7 months of age. She is currently a freshman at UH studying elementary education. Holly was born in Changsha and also joined our family at the age of 7 months. She is in 8th grade. Heather was born in Nanning and just came to join us 10 months ago at the age of 11 years. She is in 6th grade and adjusting beautifully. We went to China this summer for a heritage tour and had the time of our lives!