Where do you work?
"I work at Harrison Senior Living of Chester County".
What inspired you to go into nursing and the medical industry?
"My nana was a nurse. I used to go and watch her work. she also worked with the elderly, and I would help her to make the beds and do little things for her patients. I have known since I was 4 years old that I wanted to be a nurse. I've always wanted to take care of people. One of my instructors pulled me aside during Geriatric rotation and told me that working in geriatrics was my calling so most of my career has been in this field".
What would you consider your most important or memorable professional achievement?
"My most memorable achievement in my career thus far was the 5 years that I was a Director of Nursing. I learned a lot about managing staff, relationships that I built with residents and their families. I learned to work with the other departments to ensure the best care for our residents".
Is there anything about nursing that you wish others would know?
"I want people to know that nursing is a very rewarding profession. Though at times it is a thankless one. Compassion can not be taught, you either have it or you don't. There are things that you learn in your textbooks, but experience is your best teacher.
I want people to know that no one knows how we feel as we hold the hand of someone who is dying. We hold it together the best way we can as we console devastated family members. We are underpaid and most times understaffed but we go above and beyond to care for our patients / residents. Nursing to me is not just a profession but a calling. You have to want to care for people and not treat it as just a job. It has its rewards, it has its problems, but I couldn't imagine not being a nurse".
Sharon, thank you for all the hard work that you've done!