Going back to more history, McGettes' inspiration for joining the medical field has roots in her family as well. Her great-grandmother and grandmother were both nurses and her mother was a Radiologist and a Pharmacy Technician. Although fate would lead her into the field, she spent some time away from it.
“I was actually a cosmetologist,” McGettes said. “I did hair for about 10 or 15 years. I guess I tried to push away from medicine more so than embracing it. [But] at one point, I decided I wanted to try it.”
When McGettes moved back to Palo Pinto County, she started working as a nurse's aide and worked for two or three years before starting the LVN program at Weatherford.
“I think we had 75 in our class when we started, and I think there might be five of us that still do nursing,” McGettes said. “It's a high stress job. You really have to have a passion for it and a love for it and really care about what you're doing.”
McGettes takes her job very seriously. She believes passion, or a lack thereof, is noticeable by employees and patients alike.
Prior to her work in management, she spent several years learning the entire gamut of nursing. Off and on, McGettes has spent more than 20 years working for PPGH and has also served in the community working under doctors as well.
As a director, McGettes does a variety of tasks. However, beyond just her directing, she does not consider herself above anyone and regularly finds herself filling in for her employees.
Depending on the day, McGettes does anything from billing and going to manager's meetings to running stress tests and filling prescriptions – the list of all her activities would fill too much space.
Despite her heavy workload, McGettes couldn't see herself doing anything else.
“I plan on staying in this position forever,” McGettes said. “I love this job.”