Growing up, my passion was to become a nurse because I love taking care of people. As a child in northern Oklahoma, my grandmother used to take me to the nursing home to visit my great-grandmother. I always looked forward to our visits because I spent time with not only my great-grandmother but all the residents. As I got older, I would go with my church to volunteer at that same nursing home. I felt extremely lucky and rewarded to have had those experiences that shaped me into the person I am today.
I started my nursing career working in hospitals in northern Oklahoma and then in Lubbock, Texas, when I married my husband, Kevin. I have been privileged in my career to have worked with all age groups, from pediatrics to geriatrics, in all settings, including hospitals, home health, hospice, and now Tribute.
When I began my career as Director of Nursing with Tribute in 2019, I had no idea I’d be gaining exceptional residents and amazing colleagues. They are all like family to me. The connections I’ve made at Tribute have become unbreakable, even during a global pandemic.
When I look back on my almost 21-year career as a nurse, I can honestly say that the Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented and not at all normal. However, we’ve all had to carry on, stay strong, and figure out a “new normal” for ourselves and our loved ones. When I need a reminder of strength, I turn to the gospel of Isaiah, verse 30:15: “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”
At Tribute, while some procedures have shifted, our mission to provide the same care level to every resident remains the same. As we navigate our new normal with the coronavirus, I’m hopeful we will all come out stronger and be better prepared for any future pandemics that come our way.