UPHS – Marquette Hero Spotlight | Joseph “Bill” Graham

Joseph “Bill” Graham is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN)
for UP Health System – Marquette

What is your official title?
Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN)

What was your inspiration for getting into healthcare?
Healthcare was always a field I was interested in, but I didn’t pursue a career in healthcare until later in life. I was what you would call a non-traditional student. 

What’s a typical day like for you? What is it like working in this field? 
My nursing day consists of assessing patients and coordinating care with rehabilitation therapies – occupational, physical, and speech therapy where I work on the inpatient rehabilitation unit. I also work alongside providers and nurse practitioners to obtain the best outcomes for my patients. The best part of my job is getting to know my patients and watching them go through the recovery process. Many people like to come back and visit us to show us the progress they have made. 

How long have you been employed here? Have you always been in the same position? 
I have been employed as UP Health System for 15 years. I was first hired in 2005 as a care aide in the medical unit. In 2006, I graduated from nursing school at Northern Michigan University and was hired as an RN in the rehabilitation unit. 

What are some of the big changes you have experiences in this position?
I think some of the biggest changes have been the type of patients we take care of. We used to see hip and knee, surgical patients. Now with advancements in surgeries and shorter hospital stays, the types of patients we see are different. 

What are some of your interests outside of work? What is your favorite local gem?
I enjoy bowling, playing the piano, and listening to music. My favorite local gem is Lake Superior. 

What do you enjoy most about working at UPHS – Marquette? 
The sense of community. My coworkers, our providers, and our entire team are great to work with. 

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