“I always knew I wanted to be a nurse, to be there for people, to make them comfortable, to care for them. My early influences were several family members who were in nursing, and sadly, the passing at a young age of a family friend who was like a mother to me.
I began my career at Friendly Senior Living as a dining server at Cloverwood. When I heard about the staff education program, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to begin pursuing my dream of becoming a nurse. On my way to becoming an LPN, I continued to work in the Dining department, then as a Resident Care Assistant and Medication Assistant at Glenmere. Financial support from Friendly Senior Living helped me to achieve a healthy work/school balance that allowed me to focus on my studying. They helped with expenses such as text books, exam and license costs, and even garage parking fees while I was in class!
After completing the 10-month LPN program, I am now working full-time in the memory care neighborhood at the Friendly Home. I love it! The Members are so special; I love hearing their stories and creating bonds with them. The best part about my job is knowing that I am making a difference in their lives every day. Next, I plan to pursue my RN certification.”