At a very early age Peggy Dunn knew she wanted to be a nurse. While still in high school she worked as a nurse’s aide at the former Greensville Memorial Hospital. A year after graduating Greensville County High School she graduated from the Greensville Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1986 and passed her boards to become a LPN. She has gained great experience from many areas of nursing throughout her 31 years, from Physical Therapy, Acute Care and Nursing Home experience, to name a few; working her way up towards her goal of becoming an RN. Peggy also developed the Central Scheduling Department for the former Greensville Memorial Hospital.
In 2004, she graduated from Southside Virginia Community College with her Associate Degree in Nursing. Upon passing the boards and becoming a RN she accepted an Acute Care position at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center and later became the Clinical Coordinator within 6 months. A year later a position opened up in the Operating Room for a Circulating Nurse and she was asked to join the team. Previously she had no interest in the Operating Room but once she joined the team it was a great experience. There was a lot to learn but it was very rewarding to assist in helping patients get better and go home. This also was a great opportunity to help patients who were often afraid of the unknown, by providing education on what to expect before during and after procedures and comforting them and their family members.
In 2011 the opportunity came up to be the Interim Director of Surgical Services, Peggy accepted the position and later became the acting Director of Surgical Services and Oncology. Again in search of furthering her education, Peggy returned to school to obtain her BSN. May 2017 she graduated from Liberty University with her BSN with the honor of Magna Cume Laude. It’s never too late to achieve more, so don’t settle.
As the Director, Peggy works along with other nursing directors and through collaboration they ensure staff have the tools they need to properly take care of the patients while providing a safe environment for all. As nurse managers we manage the day to day, but we also jump in when needed to take care of patients directly.
Nursing is not just a job; it is showing a form of compassion, caring and a commitment to our patients and the people we work with. Peggy feels blessed to be able to take care of patients in the community in which she has grown up in. Peggy recommends nursing to anyone who is compassionate about caring for others and wants to make a difference by promoting health. There are many areas of nursing opportunities, so don’t limit yourself to one area; find what fits best for you.
Peggy credits great mentors who help push and motivate her during her career. If going into the nursing career, select a mentor who will help you to reach your full potential and a place to work like Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center that promotes furthering your education and provides opportunities for growth right at home.