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Page 2 SUNDAY, MAY 6. 2007 COURIER NEWS Variety of experience appeals to High Bridge resident Diane Lynch learns about overcoming obstacles from patients and families In addition to her role as infection infection control practitioner at the Matheny Medical and Educational Educational Center, Diane Lynch, RN, interacts with patients as a working working nurse. She meets with families and their infants and toddlers as a nurse in the Somerset County Special Child Health Services Early Intervention Program, and serves as a teacher for nursing students getting practical experience. experience. If s clear that, for Lynch, Matheny, Matheny, a special hospital for children children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities, disabilities, provides an opportunity to experience nursing in a wide range of settings. Plus, unlike an acute-care acute-care acute-care hospital, hospital, "you really get to know the patients," she said. "You learn to appreciate their growth and you become an expert on their care." Nursing is a second career for the High Bridge resident Her first degree was a bachelor's in psychology from Rutgers. "I had always been interested in the medical field," she said, "and after I had my first child, I decided to pursue nursing because because I liked the flexibility." She received her nursing degree degree from Muhlenberg School of Nursing in Plainfield and is currently currently working on her master's degree at UMDNJ. Overcoming obstacles Lynch has been at Matheny for nearly 10 years and says the patients patients "have taught me over and over about overcoming obstacles and about the strength of the human spirit" She recalls one patient in particular particular who "had done a painting in our Arts Access Program (which enables people with disabilities disabilities to create fine art, assisted assisted by professional artist-facilitators). artist-facilitators). artist-facilitators). artist-facilitators). He had sold the painting and donated some of the proceeds proceeds to a charity organization that helps children. He had just gotten a letter from the organization organization thanking him for his contribution, contribution, and he was very excited. I thought that was very neat" For more information about nursing opportunities at Matheny Matheny Medical and Educational Center, Center, call (908) 234-0011, 234-0011, 234-0011, Ext. 236. Submitted by Matheny Medical and Educational Center I I I ( Y ' ) xj I ; s ; - f - 'P 1 X r 1 -... -... ..,... " I - "i J, - Matheny nurse MATHENY MEDICAL AND EDUCATION CENTER Nurse and High Bridge resident Diane Lynch, RN, with 15-year-old 15-year-old 15-year-old 15-year-old 15-year-old patient, Bianca Mathis, at Matheny Medical and Education Center in Peapack.