Celebrating Nurses Week!
In celebration of Nurses Week, Saturday, May 6 through Friday, May 12, we are highlighting our Nurses and all their hard work! Nurses are at the heart of the compassionate care we provide here at Blossom and we are grateful for all they do.
This month I am celebrating 19 years of nursing and 25 years working in healthcare. I worked for Blossom from 2010 – 2016 and returned to work here in the fall of 2022. I have so many remarkable stories of being a Nurse, it is difficult to narrow it down to just one! Recently, I was working as a Hospital Supervisor when a trauma came in the middle of the night. The patient had fallen down the stairs resulting in multiple critical injuries and was covered in so much blood that he was unrecognizable! As we worked to stabilize his injuries, I was washing the blood from his face, and I started to recognize him. It turned out he worked at the local liquor store, and as I announced his name and who he was, everyone working on him knew him from there! The patient ended up going to another hospital for a higher level of care and multiple surgeries. He later came back to our hospital for rehab and told me what a comfort it was the night he came in to look up and see familiar faces. I have always loved working in the same community that I live in. It’s an awesome feeling to take care of the people in your community and see them recover and run into them out somewhere and hear how glad they were that you were working the day they were in the emergency room.
I have been a Nurse for 17 years and worked for Blossom for 12 years. Working with the older population has been great – they have so much knowledge and so many stories to share. The clients I work with are always teaching me something new. They have great stories to tell if we just listen.
I started working as an RN with Blossom 4 months ago, at the beginning of 2023, but I have been in this field for over 20 years. My career in medicine began in 2000, when I worked at the University of Rochester as a Medical Technician and Phlebotomist. I earned my LPN and RN both while working at the University of Rochester in the Emergency and Cardiac Step Down. In 2010, I ventured off to experience Clinical Women’s Health and started working as a Nurse Manager in Long-term Care, eventually returning to work in a hospital setting. For the past 6 years, I have been working in the community with Medicaid Waiver and Managed Long Term Care clients, assisting with what I do best. I was born a Nurse, and I can’t see myself doing anything else. I hold all my experiences as a Nurse close to me. Blossom, by far, has been one of the most welcoming and warm environments I have encountered in my many years in health care, and for that I am very thankful.
I have been a Nurse since 1991 and have worked at Blossom since 2018. I have enjoyed working with a diverse population over the many years that I have been a Nurse.