Methvin transferred to Tabor College to begin a nursing program and continue working as a CNA. Her adviser sent her on to the nursing program offered by St. Mary of the Plains College through St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita.
After graduating from the program in 1985, she continued nursing at St. Joseph and began a master?s program in nursing at Wichita State University. She graduated from the nurse practitioner program in 1999, then worked in that field in Wichita and Newton.
Methvin?s decision to come to Hills?boro involved a combination of timing, opportunity and family finances.
?I had always planned that when my daughter graduated (from high school), which she did in May, to no longer work at a safety-net clinic,? Methvin said. ?It was nice (in?Newton) because they?re family friendly and you can attend ballgames. But after awhile you have to pay bills and put kids through college.
?I was always looking to do something different,? she added. ?I like to learn new things and do something new. Rural health care is something new.?
Methvin she enjoyed working with fellow staff members Lisa Jost and Camilla Unruh to develop the local clinic almost from square one.
?I?ve never worked at a place where you put a whole new (clinic) together, and have to think of the detail part,? she said. ?I had helped set up Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center in Wichita. They picked orthopedic nurses from different places. We all put our brains together and set up an empty building from nothing.?
Methvin said her experience in Hillsboro has been positive so far, and she looks forward to the arrival in mid-January of physician Shauna Kern, who signed a full-time contract with HCH and the clinic earlier this month.
?Dr. Kern is internal medicine, so it?s always nice to learn a lot,? Methvin said. ?I?ve worked with internal-medicine doctors before, and I?have people I already want in with her.
?It?s all going to work together,? she added. ?She seems really nice, and excited about coming here.?