Why did you choose a career path in senior healthcare?
I knew that I wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. My mom is an RN, and my sisters are a RN and a paramedic. I was working in the hospital on the labor and delivery unit and was looking for a change where I could have more of a long-term relationship with my patients. A coworker had recently moved to a home health agency and suggested I give it a try. I loved that I could help make a difference in a patient’s life over a relatively short period of time. That was 18 years ago, and I am still in home health!
Name your best work moment.
One career highlight that really stands out to me is the time when I was able to help a patient obtain a very expensive medication that she needed in order to stay alive. She and her husband had tried everything they could to get the medication covered and were unsuccessful. The drug cost was around $1200 per month out of pocket. Both were in their 80s and had limited income, the social workers actually told them to sell their home of 55 years so that she would be eligible for Medicaid. I was able to contact the drug manufacturer and speak with their financial assistance program. Once I explained the situation, they provided her with the medication free of cost under a grant that had recently been made available. I will never forget how grateful they were.
What do you look most forward to at work?
I love problem solving, so I enjoy working together as a team to make everyone’s jobs a little easier, especially when it leads to better patient care.
Name some of your favorite things to do outside of work.
I love spending time with my husband, 3 adult children, and 2 grandchildren. My favorite things to do include reading by the pool or on the beach, and traveling around the U.S. in our RV.