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Empowering Women in Health Care

by UPMC Susquehanna

Dawn Burke, professional staff nurse, UPMC Wellsboro, gives an inside look to life in the OB unit.
Joined UPMC: 2002

What made you choose the career you are in?

  • I always loved the medical field and caring for people. I knew nursing was a growing profession, and could help women grow and expand their talents. I wanted a career where I could teach, support, and empower women to take care of themselves and their families.

Did you plan to work in a health care field? If yes, why did you choose health care? Why did you choose UPMC? If no, what made you choose health care? What made you choose UPMC?

  • Yes, prior to working in Wellsboro I was a nurse at a hospital in intercity Chicago. After 9/11, I wanted to live in a rural community where I felt it was safe to raise a family. UPMC had the same level of high-quality, evidence based, care that I was used to, but with a personal touch. As a childbirth educator at UPMC Wellsboro, I have the privilege to meet parents, develop a lasting relationship, and be a part of a team that helps to bring a new soul into the world.

What is your educational background/experience?

  • Associates degree in nursing. I am currently taking online class to earn my BSN.

What has been your greatest accomplishment, or something you are most proud of?

  • Personally: My kids. I am proud that they are professional, productive members of society.
  • Professionally: I was awarded the UPMC ACES award (Award for Commitment and Excellence in Service) in 2018. This was a big honor that I did not expect.

If you could give one piece of advice to students interested in a career field similar to yours, what would it be?

  • Go the distance  go as far as you can go! There is more to life than what you can see in front of you. Life can offer infinite possibilities!
Dawn