Danielle Sharp LPN Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Rapid City Medical Center
Tell me about yourself. I was born right here in Rapid City and graduated from Central High School. I am married with three daughters, ages 18, 17, and 12. Our eldest daughter just started college this year at Black Hills State University.
Why did you choose a career in nursing? I’ve always wanted to go into a medical career. I took three years off after high school and then started taking classes at Western Dakota Tech. It was the perfect fit for me, and I just fell in love with nursing.
How long have you been a nurse? It’s been 19 years now.
What is most rewarding about your job? Getting to interact with patients every day and seeing their quality of life improve when their allergies and asthma get under control. Being able to be part of that and helping them is great.
What do you find most challenging? Dealing with insurance companies is tough. I spend a lot of time trying to convince them our patients need the medication to make them feel better.
What skills make a nurse exceptional? Kindness, attention to detail, being productive and going above and beyond, and always giving 110% to help patients feel their best.
What advice would you give others thinking about becoming a nurse? Prepare yourself for the challenge. School is hard, and the work is hard, but it’s so worth it in the end.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A pediatrician.
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