February 18, 2013
LaVada and Larry Bolton said “I do” before they became nurses. “Neither one of us was a nurse when we met,” said LaVada, RN at Belton Regional Medical Center. “I was in sales, and he was in construction.”
When LaVada’s company closed its Kansas City office, she was asked to relocate to a branch in Iowa. LaVada and Larry were attached to Kansas City and the Brookside area where they spent years together. Instead of moving, they stayed in Kansas City where LaVada pursued her dream.
“I always wanted to be a nurse,” she said. With Larry’s encouragement, she headed to nursing school four months after leaving her former job. She earned her LPN, and then her RN degree with Larry at her side. Larry enjoyed helping LaVada study during nursing school. To their surprise, Larry was intrigued with her courses.
“I’d come home from work in construction,” said Larry, RN, with Teva Pharmaceutical. “I’d read those questions out to her. It was fascinating the things I would learn. I had the interest in helping people.”
Larry practiced on the tests and found he scored fairly high. He was encouraged and excited about going back to college. After Larry earned his RN in 2004, he and LaVada worked on the same weekend shift at the same hospital for a while. They enjoyed driving to work together, then unwinding on the way home. The schedule gave them plenty of time to relax on their weekdays off. Both say nursing is an awesome career affording them flexibility they cherish.
“It is great,” LaVada said. “We both understand each other’s schedule. There is not a down side, even when we worked the same shift.”
The Boltons live on 20 acres in Belton, Mo., where they have nine horses and several motorcycles. They enjoy riding horses along secluded trails. For a faster pace, they rev up the motorcycles for a Midwestern day trip, LaVada said.
“We ride motorcycles and we ride horses,” LaVada said. “It worked out for us. We are best friends and we have been for years and years. We are just always together.”