Profiles of some of our area's top nurses.
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Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center
Peggy Simpson grew up in a family that encouraged service to others, and nursing provided her the perfect opportunity to do so. Simpson says she’s a “burn girl” after 25 years in burn care, but there was a time when her career path was uncertain. As a senior nursing student, Simpson had not yet found her niche, but that changed when her class toured the Firefighters Regional Burn Center at The Regional Medical Center.
“Every nurse has a niche — something [they] will be passionate about,” she says. For Simpson, it was burn care. She began her career as a registered nurse in the center. Since then, she’s served as burn nurse educator, assistant manager, and manager. As nurse manager, she manages day-to-day operations of the center, including a 14-bed inpatient unit and a burn emergency room.
In 2006, Simpson worked as a clinical research nurse at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati on a groundbreaking project growing a skin substitute using burn patients’ skin cells. In 2010, she returned to the Firefighters Regional Burn Center.
Simpson describes their work as “emotionally and physically demanding” but also rewarding. She sets high expectations for herself and her staff and says, “I won’t apologize for it because that’s what you would want if it were your family member receiving care.”