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Kara Stiles

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I am a nurse from central Illinois that has struggled with a love-hate relationship with my career from the beginning. I obtained my BSN from St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in 2003 and currently work as a Clinical Systems Analyst for my community hospital. I have functioned in many roles throughout my nursing career thus far, and recently obtained my MSN August of 2013. I particularly enjoyed working as a clinical educator for an intermediate unit, a clinical instructor for a practical nursing program, and now as an Analyst, as new nurses and students have a contagious energy I tend to absorb (quick summary of my love relationship).

I am married and have two school-aged children that keep me busy. My daughter is an all-knowing 15 years old and my son is 8. They are what keeps me motivated in my career! When not blogging or working, I am attending band, volleyball, baseball, soccer, ice skating, swimming, or whatever the sport of the month is. My hobbies include traveling, fishing, and reading anything fiction as an escape.

My hope is to bring readers new knowledge and the essence of humor that I have found so far in my career. Even during my ‘hate relationship’ moments, humor has been a guiding light. Nursing is such a broad profession with numerous hills and valleys; humor can be found around every corner – I hope to inspire others to see it!

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