Carol Pickett, RN

Alive & Kickin Nurse

Nursing was my first love. Chuck was my second. At age 17, I began a three-year program at Minneapolis General Hospital School of Nursing. We were the University of Minnesota’s three-year program.

I married Chuck in 1955, graduated from MGH in 1956, took State boards and joined Chuck in the Air Force. While he was in the Air Force, I worked in the OR and private duty nursing.

I returned to Minneapolis in 1958 with an 8-week old son and went back to work at MGH/HCMC. We had number two son in 1961, and I went back to work at HCMC until the new hospital was built in 1974.

I worked at the VoTech doing substitute teaching in Health Careers in the LPN program. I went back for my degree in 1979 and ended my career at Fairview University Medical Center with 25 years in Behavioral Medicine.

At age 4, I won first place in a Kiddy talent show singing on the radio. I also took up dancing and piano but wasn’t very good at either. I was better at needles.

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