Mary Smith-David has been an employee with NHRMC for the past 24 years. Starting as a CNA-I in 1995, she was assigned to her first choice of units, oncology. Mary always wanted to work with oncology patients, recognizing they are a special population in need of special care. Mary learned that being a CNA-I was not enough and so she trained to become a CNA-II so she could grow professionally and expand her skill set. This opened a whole new world to her, and she remembers fondly all the nurses she encountered during her years in this role that took time out of their day to show her skills and teach her lessons that she carried throughout her time in this position. Eventually, Mary transitioned into the role of health unit clerk, where she has served for the past five years. This role allows her to help others differently, becoming an anchor for a unit and a go-to person for questions. Mary supports her team by keeping the patient charts in order and identifying and troubleshooting problems with equipment on the unit.
Mary knows that no job is perfect but has felt nothing but gratitude for being able to work for this organization. In her words, “you take the good with the bad, and when you know you have helped somebody….well, it’s just the best feeling.”
After years of hard work and dedication, it’s time for Mary Smith-David to take a permanent vacation. May all the years ahead bring you great joy and relaxation.
Mary's retirement celebration will be held December 17 from 4-6 p.m. in the AHEC A classroom.