By TYLER MASK
Some spend their lives away and later on regret decisions they have made. From life choices and career decisions to time spent with loved ones, not everyone can say they have truly enjoyed every minute. For one Palo Pinto General Hospital staff member, the opposite is true.
PPGH Medical and Surgical Nurse Manager Vicki Bragg, BSN, MBA, NE-BC, a 40-year veteran of the field, says she would do it all over again.
Family is Bragg's crowning achievement, she said. She has been married to her best friend for 42 years, has two successful children and five grandchildren, has multiple degrees and a life full of accomplishments.
Family, even at the beginning of Bragg's career, proved to be her favorite accomplishment, as she chose to marry and have kids before finishing her education – something that may have stopped many, but Bragg didn't really view it as an obstacle.
“You can do anything you want to do,” Bragg said. “You just have to put your mind to it. I had a very supportive husband and his parents were very supportive – not that mine weren't – but they would get the kids from school when I was going through, getting my [bachelor's].”
So, all at the same time, Bragg was a wife, a mother, a student and an LPN, working as a student for part of the day, and as nurse for the other part.
“I used to just have the patients totally confused because I would be at the hospital in my school uniform from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., [then] change into my regular uniform from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and sometimes have the same patients,” Bragg said comically. “It was confusing.”
In 1988, about a year after Bragg earned her bachelor's, she and her family moved to Texas because of a job opportunity her husband had received working with Goodyear.