My name is Rebecca Gurney (Becky) and I moved to Wilbraham when I was 13. From as far back as I can remember I have always wanted to work with children. I began working with children when I was just a child myself, babysitting from the time I was 11, to working as a camp counselor at 15, teaching swim lessons at Minnechaug at 16, life guarding at Minnechaug and Spec Pond at 16 until I was in my 20’s , as well as a long term babysitter/nanny for a local family for several years until I was 23. After graduation from Minnechaug, I attended the University of Connecticut as a nursing major for 2 years, but realized this was not the school for me. It was at this time I transferred to Baystate Medical Center School of Nursing. I had always wanted to be a pediatric nurse. I graduated in 1993 and was hired right out of school into not just pediatrics, but into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where I stayed for 12 1/2 years. I had a love for this specialty. These little ones and their families were amazing to work with. I also performed home care for several of the infants after discharge from the hospital, but with a growing family of my own I needed a change. I worked nights for all those years and decided to see what else was out there. I gave school nursing a try for about a year in the Hampden Wilbraham School District and was then offered a position in a field that was just really beginning to take foot, the world of electronic medical records. I would help build, implement and train the clinical staff on how to use them. It was during this time that I was working towards my Bachelor’s degree at the Elms. I graduated in 2006. While working with electronic records was an amazing experience, I missed working with patience, missed working with children, and I missed the families. I needed and wanted to get back to what I had always wanted to do, become a nurse practitioner, so I went back to get my degree from University of Saint Joseph and graduated in 2013 with my masters as a certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Since graduating, I have worked in the ER at Wing, and a pediatric practice in Westfield. I began at Pediatric and adolescent Medicine in March of 2017 and I love working here. The staff and families I have the opportunity to work with are a wonderful group of people. I enjoy children of all ages from the newborn to the teenager. Every time I work with a child I think “oh this is my favorite age.” There are ups and downs to all ages and I hope that I will be able to help parents deal with whatever comes their way.
I currently live in Wilbraham and have for almost all of my life. I have 3 children, I have been a swim mom and a gymnastics mom and when they were little many other sports. I enjoy swimming, running, going to the beach, spending time with my family and my three dogs. I have the ability to draw from my experiences raising my own children which I can share with parents in hopes that they use my experiences to better cope with what they are going through, whether it be the monkey of a 2 year old climbing up everything, picky eaters, the child who is dealing with unknown health issues, or butting heads with the teenager.
Going from being a parent taking my kids to Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine to working here has been a great experience. Everyone has been so welcoming. This is a place I plan to stay indefinitely…it is nice to finally say I enjoy going to work.