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Don't Eat Your Young episode 313

Life in the OR with Sonya Spruill

Meet Sonya
I was born and raised in Walterboro, South Carolina. I was told that at the age of three, I told my family that I wanted to be a nurse.  After high school, I attended college for two years at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where I thought I wanted to major in Industrial Psychology.  Somehow, nursing was not on my compass at the time and I took a different path.

I left Spelman and came home to hold various jobs. I became a career administrative assistant for various industries, such as financial (working for CFO, Controller, Credit Manager) and legal (assistant for corporate bankruptcy, immigration, school education, and environmental lawyers).  When presented with the opportunity to attend law school, I decided then that, although I liked what I did, it was not what I truly wanted to pursue for a career.

I decided to go back to school at Trident Technical College in 2003.  I finished with my ADN in 2006.  I had begun as a Student Tech on 8D during my last year at Trident but I had always been interested in the OR so I decided to take a job in the Main Operating Room as a new grad.  I started in 2006 and since then, I have become the Unit Magnet Champion, RNIII, Selecting Talent Peer Interviewer, member of the OR Shared Governance Council, CNOR, and Unit Certification Champion.  I became a mid-shift staff nurse where I was exposed to multiple services:  Urology, GYN, DaVinci, ENT/Plastics/Oral, Ortho, Neuro and Pediatrics.  This gave me a wealth of knowledge and I became a resource and mentor to many. 

I decided to go back to school in 2014 to receive my BSN, which  I received from University of Texas – Arlington in December 2016.  I also received my MSN program in Nurse Education there in 2018.   I am one of the Nursing Professional Development Specialists for the ORs at a large academic medical center, where I am the lead for orientation/onboarding for 50 ORs. 


  • (00:00) – Welcome to Don’t Eat Your Young • Sonya Spruill
  • (34:02) – Wrapping Up

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