My Spanish Fork roots run deep. My husband and I both grew up here, and now we live at the edge of town on a beautiful 8-acre farm. After I graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1984, I went to Utah State University on an academic scholarship. After my freshman year, I transferred to BYU to be closer to my husband who I was dating at the time.
When I was deciding what to study, I considered teaching because I have always loved kids. But when I got a job as a secretary at the Utah Valley hospital, I switched to nursing.
[pullquote]“When we added my daughter Whitney to the family, I delivered her on a Friday and I was back at school on Monday.” —Jada Hansen, UVH nurse[/pullquote]
I started nursing school with my 1-year-old son, Logan, on my lap. I didn’t want to put off having kids, but education was also top priority for us. It was definitely challenging! When we added my daughter Whitney to the family, I delivered her on a Friday and I was back at school on Monday. I had a strong work ethic and was committed to make it work.
After graduation, I started working at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center’s NICU. I’ve been there for 26 years and I still absolutely love it. It’s the most amazing job ever. I see so many miracles. I have cared for babies born as young as 23 weeks, and it is incredible to see them progress. I definitely don’t dread work like some people do. It gets very stressful at times, because there is no room for error when it comes to babies. And while there are sad days, having great relationships with my “work family” always gets me through.
In addition to my job at the hospital, I also work as a neonatal flight nurse, which means I go on Life Flight with babies who are being transported to the hospital. A huge part of this job is staying calm no matter what happens. I have to remember that I am not just caring for the patient, I’m also caring for the parents by communicating to them about what is going on. I try to explain everything I can.
All four of my children live nearby, and I hope they never leave. My oldest helps my husband run his storage and trucking business. Logan and his wife gave me my first grandson, Koven. I spend as much time with him as I can.
My daughter Whitney just got married and is following in my footsteps by going to nursing school (my mother is also a nurse, so the chain continues). My son Parker just left on an LDS mission to Utica, New York, and my youngest Jenna is in eighth grade.
Because my husband is a business owner and I am a nurse, we definitely work hard. But we like to play hard, too. As our kids were growing up, we spent a lot of time doing motocross. We also have a houseboat in Lake Powell.
Getting my family together is my favorite thing.