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Tracy Larson: Nurse Leader Shares Advice to Future Nurses

Sioux City
Nursing


Nursing is a journey. It is not for the faint of heart. You need to have a real desire to care for people as you are a part of their healthcare journey. Nurses have the greatest opportunity to impact patients’ lives.


— Tracy Larson
Sioux City
Nursing

As the Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer at MercyOne Siouxland, Tracy Larson, ’96 Briar Cliff Nursing alumnae, always knew nursing was in her future.

“Nursing was always my destination from a young age. I remember visiting with my mom and grandma that I was going to be a nurse,” said Tracy. “My grandmother had a medical dictionary, and, at a young age, I was fascinated by it and would read it. As a teenager, I became a junior volunteer at what was then Mercy Medical Center.”

Over the course of Tracy’s career, she has had many opportunities to explore different fields of nursing – from long-term care to youth residential care to mental health to leadership. Today, she is a skilled nurse with experience in Nursing Management, Healthcare Consulting, Clinical Research, Nursing Education, and Medical-Surgical.

“In 1996, I graduated from Briar Cliff with my BSN degree and decided to put my degree to work,” adds Tracy. “I have been an RN now for 28 years. Every year is a journey.”

As students pursue an education in nursing, Tracy provides the following advice: “Nursing is a journey. It is not for the faint of heart. You need to have a real desire to care for people as you are a part of their healthcare journey. Nurses have the greatest opportunity to impact patients’ lives.”

Tracy sees the future of health care shifting focus to providing care outside of the hospital even more a priority. She also anticipates nursing to continue to expand into providing care in nontraditional roles, such as insurance, health coaches, etc. Flexibility within this career is a familiar concept, as Tracy prides her experience of having diversity.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the nation, this flexibility has been instrumental in the response needed by these professionals.

Thank you, Tracy, for being a leader and impacting lives in this ever-important field.

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