UP Health System - Marquette Heroes | Jennifer Deiter, RN
January 26, 2024
What is your role at UPHS?
I am a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Adult Behavioral Health Unit at UP Health System – Marquette.
What was your inspiration for getting into healthcare?
I grew up in a healthcare family. Both my parents were RNs at Marquette General Hospital.
What’s a typical day like for you? What is it like working in this field?
Every day is a little different. Usually, I am the charge nurse, so I start with a report with the nurses, followed by a team report with the doctors, social workers and therapeutic recreation. After that, the rest of the day is spent seeing patients and being there for them when they need us. Then, of course, there's charting.
How long have you been employed here? Have you always been in the same position?
I first started working for the hospital in 2003 as a care aide in behavioral health. In 2006, I graduated with my RN and moved out of the area. When I returned in 2008, I worked in the Cardiac Unit for a brief period and then found my way back to behavioral health and have been here ever since.
What are some of the big changes you have experienced in this position?
The biggest changes I have seen are the change from Marquette General Hospital to UP Health System – Marquette and the move from the old hospital to the new hospital.
What are some of your interests outside of work? What is your favorite local gem?
I love to crochet and make stuffed animals. I love to spend time outdoors during the summer bike riding or kayaking. One of my favorite places is the Chocolay River.
What do you enjoy most about working at UPHS – Marquette?
My patients. I enjoy working with patients who may not necessarily realize they need or want our help and doing so in a way that protects their rights and dignity. I am a big advocate for my patients.