Meet Billie Jo, RN, BSN. Billie Jo has been a nurse for 16 years, beginning in neuro-medical surgery in 2001. In 2002, she began working in obstetrics at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. For the past 15 years, Billie Jo has worked in labor and delivery, postpartum, antepartum and NICU. She has served hundreds of women and babies.
When she was in 7th grade, Billie Jo did a report for school on crack babies. Researching this topic opened her eyes to nursing, especially neonatal nursing. She thought then that she wanted to be a NICU nurse.
As a junior in high school, Billie Jo traveled to Guatemala to serve with a team of people. They were working to meet health and educational needs. She knew then that she wanted to serve families and people.
Billie Jo loves to serve. When she started college, Billie Jo was undecided between teaching and nursing. She initially began pursuing a teaching degree. Yet her heart was drawn back to nursing, and she completed her degree in nursing. In December 2017, Billie Jo completed her BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). (Post updated January 2018.)
Growing up on a dairy farm with three older brothers, Billie Jo developed a love for the outdoors. And for competitive sports. She played basketball and softball in college.
Billie Jo loves nature. She loves doing just about anything outside: Walking, running, biking, fishing, hunting and even reading. “If I could read outside all day I’d be happy,” she said.
Billie Jo and her husband enjoy raising their family in the country to enjoy the great outdoors. They currently have four children between the ages of six and 13, including a son they adopted.
Sadly, Billie Jo and her husband also experienced a full-term stillbirth, losing their daughter, Olivia, at 39 weeks. As a result of this heartbreaking occurrence, Billie Jo became a spokesperson for the March of Dimes. She has also gained increased compassion for women who experience pregnancy loss.
Billie Jo is excited to join the team at First Care Clinic. She looks forward to providing pregnancy and sexual health related medical care to women. And she’s eager to serve and support women as they make decisions about their pregnancies and sexual health.
We are pleased to welcome Billie Jo to our staff. Her professional and personal experiences will be a great asset to our patients.