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Rebecca Clay

Rebecca Clay

Subspecialty: Cross-Cultural and Global Health

Rebecca was born and raised in a tiny rural town in western Massachusetts about 1 1/2 hours from Boston and 2 1/2 hours from New York City. At 18, she moved to Lincoln Center in Manhattan and spent 4 years there exploring city life and getting a BA in English Lit. After graduation, she went back to Massachusetts for surgery. While laid up, she developed a strong urge for concrete hands on technical skill to offer the world. She received her BSN from UMass Amherst.

She had worked in 16 hospitals, 3 clinics in 6 states and 3 countries. While completing her Master's degree, Rebecca was working at UWMC in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care unit and per diem in Addiction Recovery Services at Swedish Ballard.

As much as she's enjoyed her experiences as a bedside nurse, Rebecca feels the true future of health care is at the community level. She chose community health at UW because her career so far had illustrated bright and clear that lives are only temporarily saved in the acute care setting.

Rebecca received her MN degree in Spring, 2012 and works at Harborview Medical Center Healthcare for the Homeless as a shelter nurse.