Heart of Nursing: Celeste Bonnecarrere, St. Vincent Healthcare


Age was not a deterrent for Celeste Bonnecarrere when she decided to enroll in nursing school at age 47. After homeschooling four children, she needed a career to support herself as a single mom.

“I was definitely considered a nontraditional student,” Bonnecarrere said. “It was difficult going back to school later in life. I had been a stay-at-home mom for 25 years.”

As a new nurse, she can remember applying for a number of positions and was relieved and grateful when she was hired for the inpatient surgical floor.

“I was an older nurse with zero experience, and this boss took a chance on me,” she said. “As I have progressed, I have been fortunate enough to work for several bosses that believe in me ─ it makes all the difference in the world.”

Bonnecarrere quickly moved on to orthopedic neurosurgery. After earning a Master of Science in nursing, she applied for and accepted a clinical supervisor position in the observation unit. Her strength and perseverance continue to open up doors of opportunity. She has recently accepted a position in the quality department where she will learn how to be a quality specialist.

With only five years of experience under her belt, she has achieved tremendous growth. Bonnecarrere has proved to be a hardworking leader fully capable of providing patient satisfaction, supervising staff and working as an integral part of a team. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of every patient she comes into contact with.

“Celeste is a prime example of excellence in the nursing profession," said Lorraine Glock, RN, BSN, PCCN, RRT, nurse manager-observation unit. She is a caring and compassionate person with a positive attitude. Celeste goes above and beyond in all she does.”

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