Former veterinary tech now registered nurse with Mon Health
Allison Fraser’s nursing career didn’t begin by caring for 2-legged patients.
Allison, now a registered nurse, worked as a veterinary technician in southern Maryland while she earned her nursing degree.
Her love for animals began as an 11-year-old when she became the proud owner of a pony named Ziggy. The duo competed in different events for years. Now that Ziggy retired from competition, Allison still enjoys spending time with him, her cat and her German Shepard.
“Both areas of medicine have their similarities and differences,” said Allison. “The blood values are the same but different, and in the veterinary sciences, you’re limited. There’s a lot that I learned from being a vet tech that I’ve carried over to working in the nursing field.”
Allison, who has been an RN for 8 years, took her first nursing job at a long-term nursing company in North Carolina before moving to the state of Washington.
Wanting to return to the East Coast, Allison tried applying to hospitals close to her hometown in Maryland, until she learned about Mon Health Medical Center.
“During the interview process here, they wanted to make sure I was a good person,” said Allison. “They said they can train me to be a good nurse, but I had to be a good person on my own. That’s when I knew I wanted to work here – with good people.”
Allison started working the night shift at Mon Health Medical Center’s step-down unit in November 2016. She said her first hospital position has been a learning experience, but everyone she works with has had a positive influence.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity,” she said. “They took a chance on me, and my co-workers have truly been helping me grow in my career as a nurse. I’m so thankful.”
Allison was named Mon Health’s August Cardinal Award Winner. The award honors nurses who exemplify Mon Health’s mission, vision and values daily.