After serving in the army for twenty-three years and living in Germany, Italy, Vietnam, and bases around the US, Bill and his family settled in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Still young, he didn’t want to simply retire, so he decided to return to school. “I thought I wanted to teach, become a teacher,” explains Williams. “Because that’s what I had basically done in the military, but that would require me to go to school three hours away and the school there (in Carlsbad) offered a nursing program. I’d been away from my family enough.”
He didn’t hesitate taking the closer education opportunity. In fact, he commented he’d considered medicine many years before, but decided against it. “I was in the hospital when I was fifteen and I had a male nurse. I thought that was so interesting because there weren’t that many. It was mostly women.”
He continued through his medical training, assuming he’d go into geriatric and long-term care (nursing homes/assisted living facilities) because the nurses told him he was a “natural”.
That was his plan, until he had his Neonatal ICU rotation. (Neonatal ICU or NNICU is where babies go after being born too early or need extra medical care after delivery .)