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Paying it foward

 

Vicki Sims started her career in the OR at Baptist Hospital during a summer elective class at the CON. After graduation, she worked briefly in Columbia and then moved on to Egleston the Children’s Hospital at Emory, and in 1977 moved to Houston to begin a 35 year career at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Sims stated, “I have had an amazing life filled with diversity because the career in nursing gave me the flexibility and wherewithal to survive and thrive. I received a scholarship that helped my nursing career begin and think it is right to give back so that another student can begin a life journey to fulfillment.”

Her life has been filled with many things that connect her career to her passion for community service and volunteer work: Medical Missions with Faith in Practice, Medical Bridges and Mexico Missions and Beyond with her church.
For many years and in many ways she has combined her love of the outdoors and education. She says nursing skills definitely find a place in the wilderness. She has spent many years with the organization, Whitewater Experience, which is registered with the National Park Service qualified to guide whitewater trips on the Rio Grande.

She has been a volunteer as a Docent at the Houston Zoo, participated in Habitat for the Humanities and is active in the Ornithology Group of the Houston Outdoor Nature Club.

As she looks forward to retirement, she finds more and more opportunities ahead in a diversity of wonderful causes that volunteers can connect with. Sims stated, “There are many causes of import in the world today. Give to as many as you choose to support, physical hours are as important as dollars. Try to make a small difference in a huge world of need.”