Title: Chief Nurse (Retired)
Company: Department of Behavior Health, William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Location: El Paso, TX United States
Originally interested in law, Marie Morency decided in college that her true passion was psychiatric nursing. She pursued that dream, and ended up as the chief nurse of the department of behavioral health at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Although recently retired, in her role, Ms. Morency provided direct supervision to more than 50 personnel in the unit, and was responsible for the hiring, counseling, evaluation, and clinical development and training of her staff. She also ensured compliance with Joint Commission Standards, and served as a safety officer.
The biggest challenge Ms. Morency faced in her career was getting her message across while in meetings or conferences, because she found that men don’t always understand a female’s point of view. Inspired by God and her mother, however, she felt she had a lot to contribute to the world, and used her coaching and mentoring skills as a tool to succeed.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Morency earned a Master of Nursing from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Nursing from City College of New York. She also served as the commander of a unit in the U.S. Army. Her professional goal is to work for FEMA and to start as an adjunct professor in the field of nursing at the University of Texas. Ms. Morency is a member of the American Nurses Association, and enjoys reading and volunteering for her church and community.
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