Jul 18, 2017 / Spotlight
Get to Know our SRH Staff: Kristen Odom, Nursing
Kristen has been working at the hospital as a RN since 2005. She has an unique connection to Scottish Rite Hospital because she was a patient here when she was 13 years old. Learn more about her below.
What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?
• Helping all my sweet patients
• We went 90 years without charging.
• The popcorn
• The view from my desk
• My flexible schedule
• The nurses and doctors I work with
• …..I could go on and on…
Describe a typical day
Working in clinic with the Orange team, seeing orthopedic and perthes patients. I also assist other services doing dental sedations and rheumatology IV infusions.
How long have you worked here?
Started as a nurse extern in 2004, worked here as a RN since 2005 How did you find out about the hospital? My family and I were first told about Scottish Rite Hospital when I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 13.
What made you want to work here?
While I was a patient, I discovered I wanted to do something with my life that would allow me to help the kids here. After my spinal surgery in 2000, I realized that I wanted to become a nurse and work alongside the nurses here that were so great to me.
What skills do you need for your job?
Patience and compassion. My nursing degree is helpful too ;-)
What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?
My very first job was a cashier at Brookshires, I worked there during high school, after starting college I volunteered at SRH while completing my nursing degree at Texas Christian University.
What is your favorite…
Hospital event: Farm and Ranch Day
Food in the cafeteria: Fried Zucchini
Place in the hospital: popcorn desk
What’s your favorite…
Place to travel: The Beach
Type of food: Tex-Mex
TV show: I rarely watch TV, but enjoy snuggling with my kids while they watch it.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To read minds- I am always curious to what others are thinking.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A nurse or marine biologist
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
Marry a cop and start a family :) Every day is an adventure in itself!
What kind of animal would you be?
Anything that has wings and can fly
What is something people don’t know about you?
I have known my husband since we were 8 years old