Plymouth Harbor has a tradition of honoring our nurses and nursing assistants during Nursing Home Week, and this year was no exception! Nurses and Nursing home appreciation week falls in May, and we like to take this time every year to thank our nurses for all that they do, for they have changed many of our lives for the better. Nursing is not for everyone, and it takes a special kind of person to dedicate their life to this profession. The driving force for many is the simple desire to help others.
Cindy Taylor has worked as a nurse at Plymouth Harbor for over 20 years, always with independent residents through the Home Care department. Her drive to become a nurse stemmed from seeing her grandmother struggle with rheumatoid arthritis. When Cindy saw how much the home health workers brightened her grandmother’s day, she decided that she would become a caregiver. “I knew that this is what I came here to do,” Cindy said. As a nurse, Cindy is challenged daily and finds satisfaction knowing that she is making a positive difference in someone’s life. Throughout her 20 years at Plymouth Harbor, Cindy has gotten to know residents well. “I have known them as independents, and I get to be with them as they need more care,” she said. “I cherish the relationships I have made here.”
Liz Clark has always felt that nursing was for her. Her mother had polio from the age of 10, and has been in a wheelchair ever since. When Liz was 13, she became a candy striper and worked on the cancer floor of the hospital. She loved being able to help others and from that point on, she “did nothing but nursing.” In high school, she continued to work at the hospital, and in 1978 she took on another position working 3-9 p.m. in the infirmary at Plymouth Harbor. Liz has worked at Plymouth Harbor on and off ever since, becoming an LPN and raising kids during the time in-between.
Katie Sowers is one of our newest nurses on campus, and she echoes a similar sentiment. Katie knew she wanted to help people, so she earned her degree in family and marriage counseling. Soon after, she realized she wanted to help in a more hands-on way, and went back to school to become a CNA. She has now been a nurse for almost a year. To her, nursing is a universal way to connect with and help others. “Everyone knows someone who needs help, or has grandparents who are aging,” she said. “As a nurse at Plymouth Harbor, I am able to help people at this stage of life and hear their stories.”
Plymouth Harbor is blessed to have dedicated, kind nurses on our staff. Please take a moment to thank them for all that they do!