2003 Distinguished Alumnus
Lorie Wild, ‘80
Since her graduation from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in nursing, Director of Patient Care Services Lorie Wild, ‘80, has held various positions in the medical field. She was an emergency medical technician for Mercy Ambulance and then a nurse for St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1982, she moved to Seattle, Washington to work as a nurse for Harborview Medical Center.
The following year, she decided to change gears in her professional life. In 1983, she became a teaching assistant at the University of Washington School of Nursing. From there, her focus remained in research and education. She has been on the clinical faculty, a teaching associate, assistant professor, and now the director of patient care services.
Wild is a member of numerous organizations including the Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Society of Pain Management Nurses, Oncology Nursing Society, the Association for Health Services Research along with several others. She has also been an instructor for the American Red Cross, a provider for the American Heart Association, and a member of the King County Nurses’ Association Clinical Practice Committee. She has been involved with more than 30 research projects and presentations. Her knowledge in pain management and medical-surgical and cardiac nursing has been published more than 50 times in various medical journals and textbooks. Wild has also traveled the country leading lectures, conferences, and workshops.
Despite living and succeeding in Washington, she still misses living in Michigan. She says the faculty and programs at Grand Valley gave her the professional and personal skills that have allowed her to succeed throughout her career.