Susan Sawdy Mikkelson CSUF 1981 Briefly tell about your family history: My name is Susan Sawdy. I was born in Torrance,CA. I was the 3rd of 3 children born to Howard & Ragna Dobratz. I was the 1st to go to college in my family, and the 1st nurse in my family. I graduated from FSC/CSUF in 1981. I married Myron Mikkelson, we have 1 child, Justin 25 Graphic design artist. I worked at RMC as a CNOR from 1983-1999 for 16 years. I have been working in Cardiac and general surgery at MMC Redding, CA since 1999 Short Nursing BIO: Tell us about your Nursing career since graduation and further education you may have received: 1983-1999 RMC CNOR 1999-Present MMC CNOR Cardiac/General. List any student nurse experiences you may remember and any faculty: I remember our first year- realizing our program would be challenging in matters of academics, technical areas and endurance. I never expected being faced with making up a bed with clean linens with a person in it! How do you feel about nursing then and now, and in the future? Yesterday, today and always- nursing is a challenge, a reward, and a way to serve others Any bits of wisdom you have learned over the years? (if you have changed profession, how has your nursing education helped?) I have never left nursing, but also am a licensed real estate broker and computer network marketer. Nursing education, formal and ongoing practice, has taught me to be a problem solver, team player and tenacious.