Star City Six: Megan Peck
Located at 5431 S. 16th Street, Old Cheney Rehabilitation (www.oldcheneyrehab.com) is the newest state-of-the-art facility in Lincoln, opening its doors this month. At Old Cheney Rehabilitation, transitional care is provided for clients who require a regimen of therapy or skilled nursing care following an acute hospital stay in order to ultimately return home. Megan Peck is the Director of Nursing at Old Cheney Rehabilitation.
How did you get started in the business?
My parents both had careers in the medical field so that was always my plan; I just wasn’t sure on the direction. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Arkansas. After talking with my best friend about her career as a nurse, I decided that would be an exciting and rewarding avenue to pursue. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Creighton and started my career as a Progressive Care nurse at St. Elizabeth’s. Almost all of the women in my husband’s family are nurses so it felt meant to be. There is no place safer than a Peck family reunion!
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
I was a Clinical Staff Instructor where I had the opportunity to be a professional mentor, educator, and resource in the development of clinical nursing practices for nursing students in their final year of school. This was my opportunity to show soon-to-be nurses what exceptional care looked like in an actual working environment.
Tell us a little about your family.
I was born and raised in Lincoln. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Jason, since 2005. He is also in the medical field in operational management, but for veterinary practices. We have three active boys; Sam (9), Carter (7), and Jackson (5). Our house is not quiet!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
When my husband and I moved to Iowa with our 3 young boys. It’s hard moving away from all of your family and friends, but it forces you to become more self-reliant. It’s when we came back to Nebraska that I discovered that I had gained the confidence to step into leadership roles.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Watching my kids play sports and spending time with my family outdoors, especially at Lake of the Ozarks, where we hike, fish, kayak, swim and ride our ATVs.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I was a member of the U.S. Junior National racquetball team and was once ranked #1 in the nation. I was also a starting goalkeeper for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks’ soccer team.
What are you most proud of?
My 3 boys. They are each so unique, but they are all amazing. They impress me every day. When you watch your 7-year-old paddle 8 miles down a river in a kayak, you can’t help but burst with pride.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
As a nurse, you need all of your talents! You never know what the day will bring.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Veterinarian. I love animals and that would definitely check the boxes of challenging and rewarding.
What is your favorite movie?
I love family holiday movies. Elf is my absolute favorite. I’ve watched it dozens of times, but it still has me rolling with laughter each time.
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