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Serving the Susquehanna Region

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!