Please help us celebrate RN BSN Marcie Korte’s 35th anniversary at the VNA! When Marcie started working for the VNA in 1988, she was hired as an RN Case Manager in home health. As the agency grew and added a hospice program, her responsibilities expanded to assisting with hospice patients as well. In 1992, after her first son was born, she returned to work as the first full-time weekend nurse, and in 1995 became the weekend supervisor, a position she held through the birth of her third son, 12 years later. In 2007, she accepted a new role as Quality Assurance Registered Nurse (QA RN) in the quality, compliance and education department where she remains today and where she has performed many different tasks and roles over the years, including becoming the first certified OASIS specialist, and where she is currently the Manager of the Quality and Compliance team.
Marcie is originally from Long Island, New York, and after graduating from the College of New Rochelle Nursing School in Westchester County, New York, in 1985 with a BSN, her first nursing job was at the world-famous Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer center in Manhattan, a stark contrast to Indian River County – particularly 35 years ago – and a change she remembers fondly. “Coming from New York, working in Manhattan at a large well-known hospital, to caring for patients in rural Vero Beach who had so many needs, was life changing for me. To grow with the VNA as the agency grew, to be there at the beginning when hospice was brand new, getting their first nurse, a new building, all the challenges we faced in the field – no GPS, no cell phones, no technology, weeks of on-call every day was a new adventure! And working in the office has been challenging and rewarding as well. We never stop learning new things – so many wonderful mentors have helped me grow and I’d like to pass on some of my knowledge to others as well,” she says.
Ever dedicated to work, Marcie is just as committed to her husband and three sons and has always made quality time for them – and their favorite sports. “Two of my three boys played college baseball, the other played rugby, and growing up, we loved college football and baseball. And our vacations have always involved a sporting event in one form or another. In fact, this September we’re going to Utah to watch the UF- Utah Utes game,” she says with a smile.
Congrats again, Marcie, our VNA family is fortunate to have you on board!