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Fulfilling a Gift

Nina Campanero, LPN
Country Meadows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bethlehem

I started my career at Country Meadows 18 years ago working in the kitchen, and I never intended on staying. I had gone to college for design, which was my childhood goal. This was just to be a stepping stone to my dream of becoming a designer.

Soon after I started here and began interacting with my peers and the residents, did I realize I really loved working with the elderly. I had never considered healthcare, and perhaps I was being too hasty. I was constantly encouraged by staff and co-workers to pursue healthcare. They showed me by their actions and presence that I had a “gift” and seemed a natural in this environment. After much consideration and support, I obtained my CNA license. For their encouragement and support, I am forever thankful as I realized that this is where I belong.

Since that time, I have had many opportunities here at Country Meadows, and I really believe this is where I was destined to be. I took a position as an aide and just loved taking care of people, the friends I made and support I got made me feel like I had found a place I belonged.

Thankfully, throughout my career at Country Meadows there has always been room to grow. My confidence was boosted when I accepted a promotion as a Restorative Aide and learned so much more about caring and encouraging my residents to keep moving.

I loved this position, but after a few years I started to consider going on for my LPN. After sharing this with one of the nurses, she encouraged me to “take one class at a time, you can do it, and I will help you.” That was all I needed to hear! Everyone I worked with offered so much encouragement. With that support I enrolled in college, and with a lot of hard work, and a few years later, I am an LPN with the very company I started with 18 years ago.

There are not enough kind words I can say about the support and family-like atmosphere here. Management has always worked around my schedule with work and school, and I can’t imagine being part of anything else. I am proud to work for a company that cares so much about their residents as well as employees.

4 thoughts on “Fulfilling a Gift”

  1. Bruce J. Bender says:

    Congratulations. Your story is very inspiring and uplifting. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

    1. Country Meadows says:

      Mr. Bender,

      Thank you for sharing such kind remarks. Nina really is an inspiration for fulfilling her passions as is our team for supporting and believing in her (as she is worth believing in!).

  2. Gayle says:

    Congratulations Nina. All of your hard work combined with the support of your coworkers has certainly paid off!!

    1. Country Meadows says:

      Gayle,

      She truly is a success story! We appreciate all her contributions.

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