As we celebrate National Nurses Week, we recognize the nurses on our teams and many others who have touched our lives. In honor of this annual celebration we share a “My Why” story from Nurse Rachel Dee, who serves at Johanna Shores and was recently mentioned in one of our Kind Regards posts.
"Around the time I started high school I also started volunteering at Johanna Shores and did so for about four years. It was there that discovered my love for working with the elderly.
In my senior year of high school I earned my nursing assistant certification and started working at Johanna Shores. I felt so empowered to be able to help others the way I would want someone to take care of my own loved ones. It brings me joy to make other people happy and I’ve found doing even the smallest thing for someone can make their day!
It is extremely rewarding to put a smile on someone’s face. Simply greeting people with a big smile spreads joy; I always get a big smile back which warms my heart. I try to remember little details about each resident to make them feel important and show them that someone remembers and cares.
I love all aspects of working with the elderly; they are the hidden gems of this world with so much knowledge and experience to share. They have lived through so much and I see them through highs and lows and support them through the process. It doesn’t feel like I’m at work; sometimes it just feels like a second home to me.
As I worked as a nursing assistant I went to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. I found nursing to be extremely rewarding in that I was able to advocate for the residents and I knew that nursing was my passion. I love working with the elderly because they all come from different backgrounds with stories to tell and so much knowledge to share.
My grandma Delores is a big part of “My Why.” I often visited her and cared for her to make her feel comfortable. I painted her nails and helped her eat; just doing little things to make her feel good. I often took my grandma outside to sit in the sun when it was nice when she couldn’t do so herself and I do the same for the people I serve at Johanna Shores. I love my grandparents so much, and I would do anything for them. The love and care I have for them is the same love and care I have for those I serve.
My grandma was so proud that I became a nurse and I know she’s in my heart as I continue this work. Today, I am in school to become a Registered Nurse. I enjoy learning and being able to bring what I learn to my work to provide the best care I can. Helping others and making them feel better is what drives me to do what I do. I thoroughly enjoy being a nurse and caring for the elderly and have had many amazing opportunities at Johanna Shores. I am extremely blessed to do what I love in the community I love."