Eye on Stillwater: Get to know MS/HS Nurse Mrs. Karen Calicchia

Did you hear? Our Middle/High School Nurse Mrs. Karen Calicchia is retiring this year! She’s been the school nurse since 2002 and before that, a substitute nurse at Stillwater since 1999. Karen is a Stillwater resident and has also worked at Samaritan Hospital, Albany County Residential Health Care, Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care. We will miss you, Karen! Enjoy your retirement!

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What have you liked most about working in Stillwater?
What I like the most about being here at Stillwater is the sense of closeness everyone has with each other due to it being such a small community.

What do you like best about being a nurse?
What I like best about being a nurse is the feeling you get when something you do has a positive effect on someone else’s life.

What are some of your favorite memories from your time at Stillwater?
Some of my favorite memories are around prom. Just watching all the students that came here in 6th grade and now have grown into young adults.

What made you want become a nurse?
I decided to become a nurse because I come from a long line of people in my family that are nurses or in other health care fields. It is also a career with so many possibilities.

If you weren’t a nurse, what would you want to be and why?
I know I would have loved to have been a veterinarian. I have a love for all animals and how unconditionally they love. If I was not a nurse that is what I would be.

What are your plans for your retirement?
I am going to retire to Maine. I know everyone goes south but my husband and I love the rugged coast of Maine. That is truly where my heart is. I plan on volunteering at a local animal clinic in Maine where they look for retired nurses to assist with medical procedures and animal care.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to cook, walk on the beach with my 3 dogs and husband and I love to read!

What are the top three items on your “bucket list?”
Go to Ireland, swim with the dolphins, and learn to play the violin.

Best of luck in your retirement, Mrs. Calicchia!