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After 38 years, Nielsen is leaving FCMC | Preston Citizen

After 38 years, Nielsen is leaving FCMC

December 20, 2013
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By CITIZEN STAFF 

Whether they realize it or not, most Franklin County residents who have been patients at Franklin County Medical Center have probably received at least some treatment at the hands of LuAnn Nielsen.

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After all, she’s been working as a nurse at the hospital since 1976. “I’m now involved with delivering the children of children I helped deliver,” she said. Since 1986, she has served as nursing director. Her last day on the job will be Jan. 15, 2014. She has been training her replacement, Pat Bowles, for the past few months.

“I think it’s been a time of learning and growth and learning to love people,” the Star Valley, Wyo., native said.

LuAnn Nielsen sits next to some curios collected over the years, mostly from familiy. She leave after 38 years as a nurse at FCMC.

LuAnn Nielsen sits next to some curios collected over the years, mostly from familiy. She leave after 38 years as a nurse at FCMC.

She set her sights on nursing as a senior in high school, and completed an associate degree program in nursing at what was then Ricks College in Rexburg. After graduation in 1972, she worked at the small hospital in Star Valley, also at Madison Memorial in Rexburg, in Logan, and at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

LuAnn met her husband, Greg, while attending Ricks. He’s a Preston native, and they have made their home just down the street from where he grew up.

Although FCMC is still in the same location, things there have changed, a lot, just as they have for most American hospitals and medicine in general.

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