All in the family: A love for nursing

It's not every day two people in a family have the same job. Imagine having six. That’s the reality for UT Southwestern’s Susan Huckaby. Serving others as Registered Nurses is a passion for the Huckaby household.


You have to wanna be a nurse. You have to understand what it means to be a nurse and the complexities of our job. Nursing's very stressful. It's a life and death situation everyday. I graduated in 1993 from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. I've been a nurse for 26 years, almost 27. And I've been here at UT Southwestern for 18 years. I have five children. Three are my own and two are my daughter-in-laws. We are all nurses, so there's six of us that are nurses. At one point in time we had four Huckabys working at UT Southwestern. Some of our dinner conversations can get pretty lively. I really never encouraged them to be a nurse. I encouraged them to do something that they enjoyed doing.

My name is Courtney and this is my husband, Hayden, and we're the Huckabys. I think it's awesome to have this family of nurses and to be able to come marry into this special family. Stephanie, she's also really big shoes to fill. Seeing her be a nurse everyday, I think it's great.

Having a wife that's a nurse, the coolness really started in school, being able to lean on each other of course is always great. Makes it a lot easier studying for tests, that's for sure. But now that we're nurses we can have our hard days and we can come home and she just understands.

It's really nice to be with a group of people that's so caring and just always there for other people 'cause you know they'll always be there for you.

To have six of us in one family all turn out to be registered nurses just blows my mind. I am so proud of my children and the thousands of lives that they're gonna touch over their lifetime. It's just, it's a lot. I can't even wait to see what the future holds and how many more nurses are gonna come out of the Huckaby family.