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February 28, 2014

PPGH's Robert Clark: Teacher by trade, nurse by fate

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“It was good money, and the hours were to where I could raise my daughter,” Clark said. “I raised my daughter from a newborn till she was grown by myself.”

While Clark was raising his daughter, his interest in the medical field began to bloom.

“Being a parent, you have to learn some about medical issues,” Clark said.

Eventually he was given an opportunity at his local college to pursue more education and decided to go through Emergency Medical Technician training. After graduating, he began work as an EMT on the side of his air craft job.

As fate would have it, another change in the economy occurred and there was a decline in jobs in Breckenridge. At this time, Clark received one more opportunity to go back to school, where he pursued his final degree in nursing.

Throughout his time in nursing school, Clark caught on fast.

“Learning, as far as nursing went, I learned it very quickly and easily,” Clark said. “I didn't have the luxury of a lot of time to sit and study at home, but it came to me very quickly and easily.”

Clark worked both in Abilene and in Mineral Wells during his time in nursing school. What eventually led Clark to Mineral Well altogether was the ICU Director spotting his hard work.

“During the time I was in nursing school, I was doing clinicals here and the manager of the ICU was impressed with my abilities at that time,” Clark said. “ [He] kept bugging me to come here to work. They finally persuaded me... and I finally gave in and said, 'Fine. Okay, I'll come here.'”

As soon as Clark graduated from nursing school, he immediately began working in ICU.

Fast forward 19 years, he is still in ICU.

The thing Clark finds most interesting about where he landed is that he feels all of his training has culminated together.

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