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Bea Taylor took The Challenge: and started a 45 year career

She graduated from Milltown High School, at Milltown (the one on the Blue River, in Indiana; not Milltown, KY), and went to Lindsey Wilson for a year. When, later, she took a job at Summit Manor, she was in a field she'd always dreamed of following. She knew the new field, and when her Director of Nursing, Vernice Glowacki, insisted she and co-worker Irene Pendleton take the state's Challenge opportunity, and test out to be a fully certified LPN, she did. Both passes and the rest, for Bea Taylor is history. She's still a nurse after 45 years.
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By Dr. Phil Aaron

This is the 45th anniversary of Bea Taylor's nursing license.

In a procedure which seems unusual today - 45 years ago individuals who worked in health facilities could challenge the state licensure exam if they had worked at least two yearsin a nursing position.

Sometimes people slip and call her by a previous married name, and she courteously corrects them. "It's "Bea Taylor," she emphasizes, "Like Aunt Bea on Andy Griffith."

Bea had worked at Summit Manor Nursing Home as an aide. Her Director of Nursing, Vernice Glowacki, required Irene, Bea and several others to take the exam, as did several others.

From 1967, for about a decade, she wore a complete nursing dress with white stockings and a cap.

That was a proud time for her. And, selfishly, she remembers, better for her. She would have loved to have pleased her father, Elwood Coomer, who always wanted her to be an elementary school teacher. She even attended Lindsey Wilson for one year in search of that dream. But after a year, she said, she realized that wasn't her calling. "It was his dream, not mine," she said. "Nursing is what I always really wanted to do, since I was a little girl."In nursing, she has had a rich, extensive career, working for Drs. Oris, Louis, Jann and Phill Aaron for 35 years, and then for Dr. Gary Partin. She has especially fond memories of working with Dr. Lee Adams. She's worked in orthopedics, cardiology, podiatry, family practice, and Ob/Gyn.

For many years she and nurse Cora Scott would be the sole night nursing staff at the old Adair Memorial Hospital.

She and volunteer Sallie Akin and candy striper Sharon Burton did it all.

Bea moved for a while to Indiana to be near her mother, Ruby Coomer, 89. It was home to her. She graduated from Milltown High School. Milltown, Indiana, that is. Her mother still drives and she still lives there.

While in Indiana, Bea Was able to put work and be with her mother. She worked at nursing facilities in Corydon and New Albany, had income, and still had quality time to be with her mother.

She has two children, K. Todd Green and Kim Pelly, and four grandchildren.

She's such a wonderful lady who has meant so much to so many. I feel so fortunate to have her in my practice today.And Bea? She's just happy things worked out the way they did. "Nursing just fell into place for me - and I love it! Can't think of any job I'd rather have. -Phil

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Bea Taylor, nurse: Took The Challenge 45 years ago-and passed

2012-06-14 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Forty-five years ago Nurse Bea Taylor was among a group of medical professionals who had the knowledge and experience, but not the credentials to be nurses. Then the State of Kentucky set up Challenge Programs to test out and earn the coveted degrees. She and the late Irene Pendleton - at the encouragement of her Director of Nursing, Vernice Glowacki - both took the tests, passed, and the rest is history. "I'm doing what I like best," she said. But on the lawn of the Historic Adair County Courthouse, she remembered another love. "I just wish I had a knife and a stick of wood. I love to whittle." She now works with Dr. Phil Aaron at Westlake Family Practice.

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