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A Family Feel: Nurse Finds Warm and Welcoming Environment at UT Health East Texas

Nurse at UT Health East Texas Finds a Family

Working at UT Health East Texas is all in the family for Serena Corbett, clinical nurse manager of the perianesthesia unit at the Tyler hospital.

Corbett has worked at the Tyler hospital for 17 of the 18 years that she has been a registered nurse, and she recruited both her mother and sister to the hospital after falling in love with her work environment.

Not only does her actual family work at the Tyler hospital, Corbett said she also considers her coworkers family.

“This is my family that I work with and we have worked really hard to make a solid team of people that care about each other as much as we care about the patients,” Corbett said.

That sense of family is what attracted Corbett to UT Health Tyler in the first place. She interviewed at and also got a job offer from another hospital, but she preferred UT Health because she sensed during her interview an open, transparent environment that exuded warmth.

“That’s what brought me here and that’s what keeps me here,” Corbett said.

Corbett said her work family has helped her through hardships in her personal life.

“In the past 17 years a lot of changes have happened in my life -- I lost my husband, I lost my father. This team came together for me and supported me through that financially and emotionally,” she said. “We do that for everyone else. Several members of our team have had cancer. We pull together and support each other.”

It’s that kind of spirit, Corbett said, that keeps her “looking forward to coming to work with those people you know have your back.”