My journey in healthcare started as a physical therapist aide at 18 and I knew the healthcare field was for me. I became a personal caregiver and CNA to put myself through college. I graduated from Humboldt State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. My experience as a nurse began in the OB department as a labor and delivery nurse but I switched to long term care and rehabilitation. Here is where I developed my supervisory, management and teaching skills. I became Director of Staff Development (DSD), the direct supervisor to the CNAs, infection control nurse, and provided the education to all staff. I obtained my Public Health Nurse (PHN) license and gained experience in home health. American Red Cross hired me to become an instructor and Program Director for their Nurse Assistant Training Program, Home Health Aide Program, Continuing Education program.
I started with Fox Home Health as Program Director and Instructor June 2021 to help start Cheryl’s Dream, educational healthcare programs for the community. As I was working on putting the programs together for state approval, Cheryl asked if I could help at the Covid Vaccination/Testing Clinic. Since I had experience with Covid testing and Bilingual in Spanish. I am thankful that I was part of team to provide this service to the community. I am blessed to be part of Fox Home Health family.
Portrait by Judith Conner, SHRM-CP