Nurses Rock

It’s Nurse Appreciation Week! The Annex is very fortunate to have three amazing nurses on staff. Here’s a bit more about them!

Sandy Jasko 

Why do you love working at the Annex?

I love teenagers and young adults.  My coworkers are pretty (very) great too.  I have met so many impressive people at the Annex while working here- both volunteers and coworkers.

Why did you choose to become a nurse? What is your favorite part about being a nurse? 

I love medicine, and wanted to be a doctor, but decided the 8 plus years of medical school sounded a little formidable.  I decided I could make it through 4 years though.  AND,  although it sounds cliché’ –  I wanted to help. My favorite part is connecting with our clients.

How long have you worked at the Annex?

Too long to figure out without a calculator! 😉

Where did you go to school? What is your degree?

I went to St. Catherine University/St Scholastica – and have a BS in Nursing and Health Information Administration.

What do you enjoy doing when not working as a nurse?

Cooking, gardening, playing piano/keyboards/guitar, hanging out with my best furry canine friend, checking out summer patios for happy hour, and enjoying time at the cabin!

 

Julie Polan

Why do you love working at the Annex?

I love working at the Annex because I genuinely enjoy working with young people and find it really energizing. There is an optimism, resilience, and wisdom within young people that I really value and I learn something from our clients every day. I also think that the work we do is so important and we deal with issues and topics that many other clinics might avoid, but are really an integral part of one’s health. An added bonus is that I have the best, sweetest, and most fun coworkers!

Why did you choose to become a nurse? What is your favorite part about being a nurse? 

I decided to become a nurse because I wanted to help people. I didn’t realize then that being a nurse and working with people is really a mutually beneficial relationship. My favorite part about being a nurse is working with people.

How long have you worked at the Annex?

I have worked at the Annex for nearly 4 years.

Where did you go to school? What is your degree?

I got a BA in nursing at St. Olaf College and an MS in public health nursing at the U. I also completed a fellowship in adolescent health at the U.

What do you enjoy doing when not working as a nurse?

I love spending time with my husband and kids and exploring things to do around the Twin Cities. I also like to read, do yoga, and travel.

Is there anything else we should know about you? 

I have a fear of moths but I’m cool with butterflies. Why are moths so hairy?

 

Rachel Chalmers 

Why do you love working at the Annex?

I love working with teens and young adults. Our patients are fun, intelligent, interesting, engaging and always asking good questions that make me want to learn more! I love that the Annex provides confidential, comprehensive sexual healthcare to young people.

Why did you choose to become a nurse? What is your favorite part about being a nurse?

I became a nurse because I worked with people with disabilities in a group home during college and loved doing “nurse-like” tasks, but loved the interaction with people even more! Nursing seemed liked a great career that could incorporate hands-on skills while interacting with people. My favorite part is listening to people and learning about their experiences.

How long have you worked at the Annex?

About 2 years.

Where did you go to school? What is your degree?

I attended the U of MN for nursing. I also have a degree in psychology.

What do you enjoy doing when not working as a nurse?

I enjoy spending time with family, music, baking treats, and being near a lake in the summer.

Brooke Thomson Meet the Author: Brooke is the development and communications director at the Annex Clinic, where she’s worked since 2011. A fun fact about Brooke — she never matches her socks.
Educators, Parents, Volunteer, Young Adult
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