• Kathleen Burns

Clinician Spotlight: Carlie (RN, Massachusetts)

This week’s Clinician Spotlight goes to Carlie, an RN in Massachusetts!

Carlie has been a Registered Nurse for three years, but her passion for healthcare began 11 years ago when her daughter was born. Carlie’s daughter was born with a health condition that had her in and out of the hospital for three years. Carlie noted that throughout their experience, the nurses were the ones that held her hand, reassured her that everything was going to be okay, and helped her answer the hard questions. After her experience, Carlie knew that that role was her calling, and she started to take steps to achieve it. She first earned her CNA certification, then became a Medical Assistant before earning her RN in 2017.

Carlie has her hands full at home with three kids of her own and two stepchildren. But she still managed to put herself through school and worked hard to make sure that she had an avenue to provide a good life for her kids no matter what. Carlie says the best part of being a nurse is serving as a positive role model for her kids.

“It makes me proud to come home and my kids think I’m saving people,” Carlie said. “I just look at it like I love my job and I show up to do it well, but to have my kids be proud of me is not something I would have had at another job.”

As a nurse, Carlie enjoys being the one that can translate the "doctor lingo", have conversations with residents and their families, and explain what is going on. For Carlie, long term care is a special setting because she knows that she is providing care that she will one day need as well.

“They just want someone to sit with them to hold their hand and tell them it will be okay. They won’t always ask for it because they’re older, but you can see it in their expression when you rub their head and say I’m here, you’re not alone.” Carlie shared.

She frequently works with patients with memory loss who might not remember her by name, but they can recognize her face and the comfort they feel around her. Carlie's go-to trick for connecting with the residents is to identify music they might have grown up listening to. She says that even though they might not remember how they know a certain song, the residents are still able to connect with the music and gain comfort from it.

Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication, Carlie! We couldn’t be more proud to support you.

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