Ann L. Fournier, 39, Bedford
Ann L. Fournier, 39, Bedford is an instructor in the Department of Nursing at Saint Anselm College.
What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?
I would advise my 22-year-old self to recognize that the path you think you are on may be diverted or redirected by challenges or changing perspective. Every path or change in direction is valuable in itself and is an opportunity for learning and reflection. Trust that you are on the right path.
Why did you choose your profession?
Nursing chose me; it is a sacred calling, a blessed gift and a humbling way of life. I am honored and privileged to serve my patients and my students. I am grateful for the trust they have in me and the inspiration with which they provide me.
“Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.” — Mother Teresa
What’s in the photo?: A selection of health textbooks written by my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, J. Mace Andress, Ph.D., and Annie Turner Andress. The books are examples of early contributions to health literacy in the United States. For me, the books represent commitment to family and a tradition of service to others through education and health care.
Volunteer activities: I volunteer through church, my children’s school and through the extensive volunteer work coordinated by Saint Anselm College. Some of my favorite volunteering has included working with youth to explore college opportunities, working with colleagues to provide health resources to those in need, and collaborating with students to provide resources for community organizations such as Families In Transition, Girls Inc. and Birthright.