Cathy Dirickson, RNMercy 4 Ubuzima Team Nurse
Birth Place: Cyril, Oklahoma
Home Town: Edmond, Oklahoma
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Dirickson earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Oklahoma Baptist University. She has more than 30 years experience in nursing, having served as staff nurse, emergency department nurse manager, director of nursing and director of clinical education. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses’ Association and Oklahoma Nurses’ Association.
Why are you going on this trip to Rwanda?
I have been blessed to have cared for so many people over the years, making a difference in their lives. To be given an opportunity to extend this blessing to others thousands of miles away, would be a wonderful ending to my career…one that I never once felt was a “job” but a “calling.”
What are your favorite outside-of-work activities?
I enjoy playing tennis, attending University of Oklahoma football, basketball, and softball games, attending Oklahoma City Thunder basketball games, spending time with my family and volunteering at the Oklahoma City Zoo.