Charge nurses Judy Loftice & Mandi Brady — like mother, like daughter
A mother and daughter nursing team — both charge nurses, both proud to work at AAMC!
Judy Loftice, BSN, RN, CMSRN (Charge Nurse, Special Care Unit and mom to Mandi): I decided to go to nursing school right out of high school. There was a drastic change of plans when instead, I got married and started a family. MUCH later, after four daughters, I went back to my original plan and enrolled in nursing school.
I was the one introduced as the “grandmother” in clinicals, but I stuck with it and haven’t looked back. For my first job, I drove to Baltimore five nights a week. When I noticed AAMC was building a new facility, I asked myself why I was passing this new hospital to drive all that way.
I came to an open house and when I passed a table with a sign labeled Special Care Unit, I had to stop — I think it was love at first sight. I have been working here on the night shift ever since.
I convinced my daughter, Mandi, that AAMC was the place for her and fortunately she agreed. It’s been fun telling people “My daughter works in the OR.” It’s even better telling them she is their charge nurse.
When a charge nurse position opened up on Special Care, I told myself, “I can do that.” I’m loving every minute of it. I feel that I have been, even if only a small part, influential in other nurses on my unit going back to continue their education. It took a while to convince Mandi but she finally saw the light. Now I need a little push from her to finish my Masters. I see her doing it and tell myself, “If she can do it, I can.”
I’m very proud of my accomplishments, even if they came later in life, and I’m doubly proud to have a daughter to follow in my footsteps. We both love working at AAMC.
Amanda (Mandi) Brady, RN, CNOR (Charge Nurse, Operating Room and Judy’s daughter): I went to nursing school right out of high school but never finished. My mom convinced me to go back to school after she got her degree. She said “If I can do it, so can you.”
I started in AAMC’s OR on September 13, 2004 — I wanted to work where my mom worked. She was working nights in Special Care so we never saw each other, but I was always full of pride when I was able to tell people that my mom was a nurse and she worked at AAMC, too.
She went back to school and got her BSN, then started her MSN journey. Again, she said “If I can do it, so can you.” She even offered to give me her books. I did go back to school, though in a different program than mom. I am currently in the MSN program with Walden and it’s because of her.
It is very cool that we are both charge nurses. I love the days I get to call her to discuss patient care. I know she will do a great job in her new role and she supports me in mine.
People tell me all the time that we act (and look) alike. Honestly, I can’t think of a better role model, nurse, or mother.