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April 14, 2015 - Passion For Outdoors Drives USA Medical Center's Jenny Hines

RN Jennifer Steber Hines is usually recognized for her role as nurse manager for the operating room at USA Medical Center. Last month she was featured for another passion in the March issue of Great Days Outdoors magazine- freshwater bass fishing.
When Hines isn’t working, you’ll find her fishing in the Delta with her favorite partner, Lee Minto, from Mobile. It’s a respite this Fairhope native relishes.  
A surgical nurse for 27 years, Hines started her career in the operating room at USA Medical Center after graduating from the University of South Alabama in 1988.  In 1990, as an Army reserve nurse, she was activated during Operation Desert Storm along with several of her Medical Center colleagues and served in the open heart unit at Eisenhower Army Medical Center.   
In 1991, her husband’s military career took her to a series of stops over the next two decades including Kentucky, South Florida, Tennessee and eventually Ochsner Health System in New Orleans one week before Hurricane Katrina hit. 
In 2010, she returned returned to the Mobile area and USA Medical Center, where she also currently manages the recovery room, Endoscopy Lab, Perfusion and Sterilization departments.
“There was never any doubt where I would work after returning home because I know that we have always provided the best quality care to our patients,” she says.  
Hines has been a lifelong fisherwoman, but her interest has intensified in the past three years since meeting local outdoorsman Minto. While she loves catching big redfish because they “put up such a good fight,” her favorite fish to catch and eat is the flounder. 
An accomplished cook, she counts as her specialties baked flounder stuffed with crab with a white cream sauce.  She is a pro at picking the blue crabs which she catches every weekend.   
Hines has participated in a few tournaments and tasted victory last summer taking first place in the Salvation Army Causeway Classic Combo in the Flounder and Speckled Trout division. This has whetted her appetite for future tournaments. 
She says there are similarities between fishing and nursing in that you always strive to do your best but the outcome can be satisfying or frustrating because there are so many variables and things that are just beyond our control.
“Nursing in general, as well as management, can be a daily challenge,” she says.  “But being able to spend the day in the Mobile Bay Delta with just wildlife, flowers, and peace and quiet is awesome. The Delta is a gorgeous place to fish with all the wildlife and the variety of species you can catch all year round. We are so lucky to have such a resource.”

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