At Door County Medical Center, great experiences don’t extend only to our patients, but also to our staff. When Lin Yu came to Door County from China for a summer job, she didn’t expect she would end up staying in Door County, and eventually working at Door County Medical Center. The following is Lin’s story:
“I was in college in China, and I took an opportunity that allowed me to come to the United States for the summer and work and travel. While I was working at a resort in Egg Harbor, I met an American boy. We fell in love, so I moved here after I graduated from college.
“When I first moved to Door County it was winter, so it was difficult to find a job with the college degree I had at the time. A family friend, who worked at the hospital, told me about a job opportunity as a housekeeper. So, I applied.
“I started my housekeeping position at the hospital in the Med/Surge department, and while I was there I saw a lot of dedicated nurses that worked very professionally and comprehensively with their patients. Seeing that really inspired me to become one of them. My manager encouraged me to take a medical terminology course, and I really like the science of human beings, so I decided to pursue a degree in the medical field and become a registered nurse. At this point, I've been a registered nurse for two years.
“On my first day, I was very excited to start, but also a little nervous—like everybody is on their first day at a new job. I came to work and got a big hug from my manager. She introduced me to everybody. I calmed down pretty quickly, and started my day with a little orientation on the floor, and got to know everybody and everything. It was very, very nice.
“Today, I think of Door County Medical Center as a big family. When you get to know everybody, there is a lot of respect and kindness and acceptance, and no matter what someone's position is at the hospital, they always are able to talk to everyone else that works here. There is also a lot of encouragement and support from the different departments for you to go to school, and there are many opportunities for you to improve your career.”