Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Our Town – Wanda Wilson: Changing the Lives of Ill Children

caringforillchildren 300EARLINGTON, Ky. (7/20/13) – Wanda Wilson, 76, saw many changes in her 42-year nursing career. With better pre-natal health care, she said children have a greater chance for good health today.
 
Technological advances also changed the way nurses communicated with other healthcare workers.
 
Wilson worked all of her 42 years in pediatrics at the hospital in Madisonville.
 
"And, I loved every minute of it," she said. "People would say, 'How can you work with sick kids? Isn't that sad?' But it wasn't. You could see a really sick child come in and start getting the medicines they needed, and within 24 hours they were jumping around. They bounce back so quickly. It was wonderful to see."
 
She said it took years of trying to get help from the state employment service to go to LPN school in the 1960s not because she was African American but because she had six children. She was finally accepted and later became a Registered Nurse.
 
"They didn't think I could get through school," said Wilson. "I wish I could show that man my check stubs over the years at the amount of taxes I've paid into the state of Kentucky for 42 years."
 
Wilson said she didn't miss a day of LPN school, managed to keep her six children in school and tied for second in class ranking.
 
Wilson says most everything flavored with a tinge of humor. She is funny and bright and uses her knowledge, skills and experience for service to the city of Earlington and with several other organizations.
 
She is on the Earlington City Council, is president of the Kentucky Black Caucus of Elected Officials, is on the local boards of the AARP, the Hopkins County Senior Citizens Center and the Pennyrile Allied Development District Council on the Aging, a member of the Hopkins County Democratic Executive Committee and Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Earlington and an active alumni of the J.W. Million School.
 
Enjoying good health was one of the benefits of working with children, said Wilson.
 
"I think I developed so many antibodies working around sick children," she said. "It built up with my exposure. I never got colds or even had a headache."
 
Now, Wilson takes medicine for rheumatoid arthritis but still remains active not only with her memberships but also sits with patients at the local hospital.
 
"I retired from nursing at 75 because I was starting to have some back trouble," she said. "I get a little short of breath now, too."
 
Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,106.70
+29.83 (0.17%)    
2 S&P 2,000.02
+2.10 (0.11%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,570.64
+13.29 (0.29%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

Living History Program on Civil War Set For Sept. 20 at Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

FAIRVIEW, Ky. (8/25/14) — The Jefferson Davis State Historic Site will host a United States Colored Troops Living… Read More

Job Corp Celebrates 50th Anniversary

GREENVILLE, Ky. (8/25/14) — Job Corps celebrated its 50th anniversary this past Wednesday Aug. 20. Kentucky Gov. Steve… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

August 22, 2014 5439

Two Busted for Meth in Central City

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 22, 2014 4099

Business Spotlight - Gypsy Lady Offers…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 3808

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 22, 2014 2908

Edge Ice Center Offering weSKATE…

in News by Brittni Bunn
August 25, 2014 2735

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

August 25, 2014 3808

14-Year-Old Suffers Gunshot Wound; Air…

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
August 22, 2014 2169

Family: 'We're So Far Away; Need to Say…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
August 24, 2014 2156

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision…

in Top Stories by Officer Jeff Miller
August 25, 2014 2030

Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision Near…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
August 22, 2014 1985

SurfKY Spotlight: Blackwell’s Diner and…

in Top Stories by Gary Gates, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

August 22, 2014 2908

Edge Ice Center Offering weSKATE…

in News by Brittni Bunn
August 25, 2014 1959

Daviess County Health Department…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 1798

GRADD Seeking Ombudsman Program Volunteers

in News by Woody Maglinger
August 25, 2014 1795

44th Mount Saint Joseph Picnic is Sunday,…

in News by Jennifer Kaminski
August 22, 2014 1455

UPDATE - Multi-Agency Drug Investigation…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

August 22, 2014 5439

Two Busted for Meth in Central City

in Top Stories by Martha Clark
August 22, 2014 4099

Business Spotlight - Gypsy Lady Offers…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
August 25, 2014 2735

Flooded Central City Church's Seven Day…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
August 22, 2014 2615

Kentucky 601 in Muhlenberg County…

in Top Stories by Keith Todd
August 25, 2014 2383

Camper Stolen in Utica Recovered in…

in Top Stories by Martha Clark

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06