• Maddie Thoms

National Nurses Week 2020

At connectRN, expressing appreciation for our nurses is a daily practice. It’s not something that happens one week, or even one month, out of the year. It is what we live every day because every day our nurses are out there putting others’ health above their own.

We can’t pass up the opportunity to give our community a little extra love, so throughout National Nurses Week we’ll be spotlighting some of our clinicians that have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Don’t forget to check back each day this week for a new featured clinician!

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Check out some of the hard-working clinicians that make up our community:


How long have you been working in your role? 

15 Years – 14 ½ as an LPN, 6 months as an RN

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job? 

“Watching the death and dying process and consoling the family members.”

What is the most rewarding part of working in long-term care facilities? 

“The relationships that you build with the residents and family.  The amazing stories that you hear from your residents, many from way before I was born.”

How do you unwind after a long shift?

“My drive home listening to soft jazz generally does it. If the day was extra long then a soak in my jacuzzi tub while listening to soft jazz will definitely do it.”

Courtney Z.

How long have you been a nurse?

“I have been an LPN for 22 years.

What are the greatest challenges you face in your job?

“One of the biggest challenges I face being a nurse is not being able to heal everyone. Being a nurse you want to take care of and watch as patients get better and some times that’s just not possible.”

What is most rewarding about working in long term care?

“Some of the most rewarding parts of working in LTC is the patients remembering you and actually looking forward to you coming to work. Most of them know when you’re supposed to be there and if you’re not then they want to know why you were not there. Or they tell you how much they missed seeing you that day. It’s like we have a second family and you never want to let that family member down.”

How do you unwind after a long shift?

Unwinding after a long shift is usually spent with my daughter, she is 6. She makes all the long hours and hard work worth it. Although being away from her is very hard I know that it has to be done and seeing my patients happy makes it all worth it.”v


How long have you been a GNA?

“I Have been a Gna for 5+years now, have been working in this role since  August of 2014.”

What is the biggest challenge you face in your role?

“The biggest challenge I face at work would be working short-staffed as this can be physically draining. Most of the time, work doesn’t get completed or done because of the high Patient:Gna ratio. This is not healthy for the patients because they won’t get quality care because we have more work to do being short-staffed.” 

What is the most rewarding part of working in long term care?

“The most rewarding part of working in LTC would be how often I am appreciated by patients for delivering great care. Some patients see me as their favorite for my assistance in various ways that make a genuine difference. [I also appreciate] the flexibility of long term care facilities. I tend to work hours that suit my lifestyle be it an 8hr shift, 12hr shift, or 16hr shift, am glad my shift is one that accommodates. Lastly, having the opportunity to develop relationships with my patients and also their families by educating, guiding, and comforting during their time in my care [is rewarding].”

How do you unwind after a long shift?

“I unwind from a long shift by taking a hot bath and having my partner give me a massage, taking some days off, and spending time with family.”

Timmya B.

How long have you been a GNA?

Seven years

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job? 

Trying to please the resident and relatives.

What is the most rewarding part of working in long-term care facilities? 

When I get a pay raise.

How do you unwind after a long shift? 

With a hot bubble bath.


How long have you been a GNA?

“I’ve been a nurse for 10 years.”

What is the greatest challenge working in long term care?

“My biggest challenge is getting attached to the patients and if something happens to them it breaks my heart.”

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

“The feeling of helping someone who can’t help themselves is most rewarding.”

How do you unwind after a long shift?

“I unwind with music in a hot bath after work.”


Krissy C.

How long have you been a nurse?

“I’ve been a nurse since 1996. Prior to getting my LPN I was a CNA for 5 years.”

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job? 

“The biggest challenges I face in my job would be the sadness I feel for patients  who have no family members to advocate for them.”

What is the most rewarding part of working in long-term care facilities? 

“The most rewarding part of my job is defusing patients fears and worries by listening to their concerns, finding a solution, and resolving the problem. Providing them with exceptional care and respect for the time I am their nurse and seeing them smile”

How do you unwind after a long shift? 

“By cooking a nice meal and talking with friends!”


How long have you been an RN?

For four years. 

What is the biggest challenge you face in your job? 

Finding a facility with an appropriate nurse to patient ratio.

What is the most rewarding part of working in a long-term care facility? 

“Being a nurse is most rewarding to me because what I consider my passion is providing comfort to people when they need it most. I’m making a difference!”

How do you unwind after a long shift? 

“7 day work weeks are no stranger to me, so when I do find time to wind down you can find me either in my recliner watching Netflix, or on the banks at Buckeye Lake fishing.”

First up: Shaylon P. 

How long have you been an LPN?

I have been an LPN for 10 years. 

What is the biggest challenge you face in your job? 

My biggest challenge is short staffing that leads to increase nurse-to-patient ratios, and potentially affecting quality patient care. 

What is the most rewarding part of working in long term care? 

Nursing is extremely rewarding and always challenging. You can have a huge impact on patients and family lives during some of their most challenging experiences. Every day you will touch a life, and some days a patient may touch you.

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