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Nurses with a Purpose not Guenther’s first project

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Pat Guenther came back from Australia after a divorce and attended the first nursing program at Colorado Mountain College.”I came back to Colorado with seven suitcases and two children,” she said.She found it necessary to be on welfare and other public aid to allow her to take care of her kids and to go to school. For a time, she worked as a nurse at Montrose Memorial Hospital. Guenther said she got to a point where she could not afford the schedule any more with her family – being on call, working holidays, long and late hours. To gain more flexibility, she said she started trading shifts by e-mail among nurses at most of the hospitals on the Western Slope. The project evolved. She turned her service into a company in 2000. In 2003, she realized it would be more effective to actually add nurses to the nursing pool. She said she traveled to India to recruit nurses to the U.S. to fight the “nursing crisis” of a dwindling national nursing staff. That company, Stat Nurses International, sponsored legal immigration for about 70 nurses and has around 200 more in the pipeline. But that project turned too much toward the business end of the spectrum for her liking, so she’s launching her latest project, Nurses with a Purpose.”I saw the nursing numbers dwindling, and I wanted to do something to promote nursing as a profession,” Guenther said.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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