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Published on September 14, 2016

Hugh Pruitt: Caring For Patients & Each Other

Hugh PruittHugh Pruitt remembers the first time a patient he was caring for started to crash. 

“I was a new nurse, straight out of school,” he recalls. “Two experienced nurses came to help me without being asked. They told me they were going to manage the patient and then debrief me after the patient was stabilized. That impressed me so much. It shaped me as a nurse and how I practiced in the years to come. 

“Take care of the patient, take care of each other and always be a professional.” 

Nursing as a Second Career

Hugh came to Cone Health with a background in accounting. He knew he wanted to work for the health system where his wife was a registered nurse. So he took a nurse tech job in hopes it would open doors for positions in other fields in the organization. 

The job did open doors, but not in the way he expected. His nursing colleagues’ knowledge, compassion and support inspired him to pursue a second career in nursing. 

“I knew then this was the profession for me.” 

Hugh graduated from nursing school at 47. He says he appreciates the support he received from everyone around him. 

“Cone Health is never at a stand-still,” he says. “We’re encouraged to move, try new areas and get certifications.” 

Staying at Cone Health

Today, Hugh works as a clinical research coordinator. He says he looks forward to many more years caring for patients at Cone Health. 

“I can’t imagine working anywhere else,” he says. “I want to retire here.”

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