Born in Oaklawn’s emergency room, Tiffany Stealy returns as a nurse practitioner
Tiffany Stealy’s new work as an Oaklawn nurse practitioner is a little bit like coming home, especially considering that she was born in the hospital’s emergency room in 1981.
“My mom had gone into labor at home and my dad made her get in the car,” Stealy related. “I was born shortly after they arrived at the emergency room.”
The irony isn’t lost on the former Tiffany Wilson, who has joined the Oaklawn Medical Group staff and will be working at Oaklawn’s new facility in Albion.
“I feel it was meant to be,” Stealy said. “After all, I was born in an emergency room and I’ve spent the last seven years of my nursing career working in an emergency room. Now I’m coming back to work for the place where I was born.”
Stealy’s talents actually will be applied at Oaklawn Express Care – Albion, Oaklawn’s new primary and express-care clinic in central Albion – and that, too, is a homecoming of sorts because of family members who live in that community.
“There were a lot of family visits to Albion over the years,” Stealy said. “My great-grandmother’s home is close to the college, and we used to go sledding at Victory Park and join in the Festival of the Forks.” Her grandparents also operated a furniture store in Albion for many years.
Medicine was “something that I always wanted to do,” Stealy said, recalling the time as a fourth-grader when she wrote a school paper about her interest in becoming a physician’s assistant.
After graduation from Marshall High School in 1999, Stealy initially pursued a career in finance, receiving an associate’s degree in business management in 2001 from Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, and a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and management in 2004 from Adrian-based Sienna Heights University. Stealy worked as a cost analyst for Jacobs Engineering and also managed budgets for major capital projects for Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek.
“I took a class in EMT (emergency medical technician) training, and that restored my interest in medicine,” she said. “It made me realize that’s what I was meant to do. It has always been a passion.”
Stealy returned to KCC, where in 2010 she received two associate degrees – as a nurse and as an EMT paramedic. Her subsequent paramedic experiences brought her into contact with Kalamazoo County emergency patients through Life EMS Ambulance. Stealy also served as a trauma and emergency room nurse for Bronson Methodist and Bronson Battle Creek hospitals, and as lead preceptor in the latter’s trauma and emergency care unit.
In August 2018, Stealy received a master of science degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from Minneapolis-based Walden University. In addition to being a licensed paramedic and registered nurse, Stealy is certified in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support, and is certified in trauma as well as emergency pediatric nursing.
The former Tiffany Wilson married lifelong Marshall resident J.D. Stealy in 2004. Today, they are the parents of Alexis, 13; Brookelyn, 10; and Colin, 9. They continue to reside in Marshall, where the family members are involved in the children’s many sporting events. Tiffany Stealy also enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and crocheting.
As a nurse practitioner, Stealy said that she particularly appreciates “being able to watch the changes in people through their interactions and through their conversations with me. I like being able to see the differences I can make by empowering the people I take care of.”