COLORADO SPRINGS – There is a family of professional medical providers in Colorado Springs who each love what they do for a living. Jeff, Loretta and Rachel Godby are all registered nurses.
Jeff works in the recovery area at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North. He got into nursing when his first career choice didn’t pan out the way he had expected, but looking back, Jeff is very happy with how it worked out.
Jeff says, “(Nursing) is a rewarding field, there’s always a demand and the pay is very nice. The approach to serving humanity in general I think is often overlooked. Nurses can really make an impact – small or big. We may not be Mother Teresa in terms of impact, but even a 5-minute conversation we may have with a patient can impact somebody’s life very positively.”
Jeff’s wife, Loretta, is a labor and delivery nurse at UCHealth Memorial Hospital North. Loretta and Jeff met in nursing school and she says, “I never thought I would get a husband out of the deal.”
For Loretta, there was no question she would be a nurse. “I always knew I wanted to be a nurse from the time I was little. I really enjoy helping women have babies. It’s just part of who I am.”
The couple’s daughter, Rachel Godby, is a labor and delivery nurse at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central. “I started with phlebotomy and kind of got my foot in there, and then I just fell into nursing – my soul was just drawn to it. One of our neighbors said that our family has been healers for years and years and years. I don’t know if that’s necessarily true but there are a lot of nurses in our extended family.”
The family that nurses together, stays together may not be a common phrase, but for the Godbys, it’s true.
Loretta says that they have a unique bond because of their profession. “We can relate to each other so easily. Rachel will call me when she’s driving home from work sometimes, or she’ll call us and say, ‘oh you know what happened last night?’ Good stories, bad stories, hard things, happy things.”
Jeff says, “When I get home and have to unload, I understand what she’s going through she understands what I’m going through. We share our victories as well.”
Loretta says, “It’s helpful just to be there for each other and be able to be able to talk familiar the same language and understand.”
We’ll have more on the Godbys, and why they are each dedicated to their professions in our next Your Healthy Family story.
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