My name is Rhea Ann Hazen and I have been working here at Sierra Vista Hospital since 2005. I started as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) on the medical surgical acute floor and worked 8 years of graveyard shift, then transferred to work in the emergency room and soon after obtained my Registered Nurse (RN) certification in 2012. I then decided to go back to school to in 2014 online. I obtained my MBA in 2017 and my MSN in 2019, which is the degree that allowed me to work as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner since August 2019. I am currently working on my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and expect to finish in about 2 years. I have a husband who is a home health nurse, and we live at home with two spoiled cats.
Choosing the nursing profession has been a very personal choice for me. I have always loved helping people in any way that I could, and what better way to help someone then when they really need it. I have been in the medical part of nursing for the last 12 years, but now I have chosen a new path, which is to assist people with their mental health. I came from a family that has a large past of mental illness and as a result there have been many difficult times. I can now embrace my mental health role in assisting people who want to be helped, and that is the true difference. For me, this position was a long time coming, and I am glad it is finally here. I am excited for what the future has in store for me, and I know that if I fully immerse myself in helping others, I will be completely fulfilled as a person. I am so grateful to be able to give back to the community that helped shape me since I was 13 years old.