While continuing in her role an LPN, Kayla Cherry is also working to earn her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at Lorain County Community College. She writes about how the residents for whom she cares have been influenced by the pandemic as she looks forward to advancing to the role of an RN.
I am currently a Licensed Practical Nurse attending Lorain County Community College for my Associate Degree in Nursing. I knew early on that I wanted to become a nurse. Every time I would meet a nurse in a clinical setting, I was so impressed with their knowledge, ability to perform clinical skills, and mostly the way they could comfort their patients. The nursing profession also appealed to me because there are endless opportunities for growth and continued education.
The last four years of my career as an LPN have been wonderful. I have worked in several different areas of nursing where I have been able to learn from experienced nurses and have a positive impact on the lives of my patients.
I currently work in a long-term care facility. This has been such a difficult year for our residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. With visiting restrictions, social distancing, and the use of face masks, many of the residents have felt socially isolated and the building feels more like a clinical environment than their home. During this time, I have seen nurses and other staff members doing so much to comfort residents during this difficult time. Things such as arranging window visits with loved ones and decorating for holidays to make it feel more like home. Now more than ever I am grateful to be a part of the nursing profession and am so exited to continue my journey in this field.