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Lucille H. Posivio

Lucille H. Posivio, RN at assisted living home in Wilkesboro, RN Refresher Program

Watauga and Wilkes Counties | Northwest AHEC

Lucille H. Posivio, RN at assisted living home in Wilkesboro, RN Refresher Program

Lucille Posivio has come out of retirement as a nurse multiple times in locations all over the country. After her graduation from nursing school in 1947, she worked in Memphis, Tennessee and Salt Lake City, Utah. “After this I retired the first time to raise my family,” said Posivio. “Twenty-seven years later, I took a refresher course in San Diego and worked on a [medical/surgical] department as night shift supervisor, in OB postpartum, and in labor and delivery.”

At the age of 66, Posivio retired again and moved to Montana where there was a shortage of RNs. She received her Montana license and worked as the assistant director of nursing in a 100-bed care center.

After retiring for a third time in North Carolina, she began volunteering with a hospice and found it uncomfortable not being able to do anything as a nurse because she lacked North Carolina licensure. She found her solution by first attending an orientation provided by the Northwest AHECRN Refresher Program. Posivio enrolled in the program and received support and encouragement from the Northwest AHEC RN Refresher staff.

“I found the study course from UNC very interesting and was encouraged by the testing and replies from the instructor,” noted Posivio. Northwest AHEC RN Refresher staff facilitated her clinical placement at Watauga Medical Center in Boone, NC, and although this was a long drive in February and March on mountain roads from her home in Moravian Falls, she found it very stimulating. Her preceptor at Watauga Medical Center was Marsha Butler, RN. ”She and the rest of the staff were very encouraging.”

Using the program’s clinical performance checklist, she reviewed specialized skill experiences. She has learned that all of these systems may be different in each medical setting but she now has an understanding of these systems. Posivio recently accepted a position at an assisted living home in Wilkesboro.