New Employees at Blue Mountain Hospital
The Blue Mountain Hospital Emergency Room has two new ER Techs, who began working earlier this month, and both are gaining experience in their efforts to become Registered Nurses.
Nicole Bradford grew up in Blanding and graduated from San Juan High School in 2006. After high school she moved to Salt Lake City and worked for two years, before moving back to Blanding. She actually worked in the Blue Mountain Hospital Dietary Department when it first opened.
She later moved to Monticello for a time and started attending college to complete her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Later she returned to school and studied to become an LPN and will start her RN schooling this August at Utah State University – Eastern Blanding Campus.
Nicole has also been an Emergency Medical Technician for the past eleven years. Her experience as an EMT will prepare Nicole for her ER Tech duties as well as her RN studies. Her parents are David and Diane Bradford, of Blanding, both of whom have been EMT’s in Blanding for many years. David recently retired from the U.S. Post Office and still volunteers as an EMT. Diane works with the Blanding Police Department but is no long working as an EMT.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys fishing and any outdoor activities. She likes to spend time at Lake Powell. She still volunteers as an EMT with San Juan County EMS Services.
Kerri Ahtsosie grew up in Montezuma Creek and attended San Juan High School, in Blanding, where she graduated in 2015.
She has been going to school full time at Utah State University – Eastern Blanding Campus, studying Health Education. She received her Associates Degree as a Medical Assistant. As part of her MA program she did an internship at Blue Mountain Hospital to complete her clinical hours. Part of that internship was working in the BMH Emergency Room for one week. She has decided to study nursing at USU-Eastern Blanding and plans to become an RN. Her experience as an intern in the ER helped her decide she could actually pursue a nursing career.
Kerri’s family is still in Montezuma Creek and she has close ties to Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. Her mother, Sophina works in the UNHS Accounts Receivable Department, her sister Katera Martinez works in the UNHS HR Department and her Aunt, Brenda Whitehorse, works in the front office at the Montezuma Creek Community Health Center.
Kerri said her goal is to finish her studies and become an RN, and stay at home, close to her family, in San Juan County. She likes riding horses, running and baking. She said one her favorite things to bake is cupcakes. Her nephew enjoys helping her make cupcakes and that’s fun, she said. He’s 3 years old.
We wish Nicole and Kerri all the best in their new positions at Blue Mountain Hospital and we welcome them to the BMH family. Say hello and make them feel at home.
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