I began my lifetime career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (which I didn’t know at the time) in October of 1979. I had moved to Sioux Center and started a job working in a factory for about 3 months.  After my evaluation, I knew I needed to find a different job working with people.  That very afternoon, I walked into the Sioux Center Hospital and wanted to apply. I was interviewed and started working the next day, and I have been with Sioux Center Health ever since a 40 year career which has provided for me financially, but has fulfilled my personal life.

I have a deep love for people and I want people to feel cared for and loved. I am able to meet this personal desire by working as a CNA for Sioux Center Health.  Life is difficult, and as human beings we all need people to come alongside us to help go through this journey.  As you grow older, the difficulties can be physical, financial, or spiritual.  Through the last 40 years, I was able to help so many people on their journey, but they were also helping me. Being needed by the residents fulfilled me. The relationships I have had with them have left warm feelings in my heart that will stay there forever.

Relationships with my coworkers has also been a big part of my job.  I get to work with a team and have the same goals. I have coworkers that have become lifetime friends.  It isn’t just work; it is a ministry.  We are the hands and feet of Jesus every day, and it has become a calling.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

If anybody would ask me if work is always easy, I’d have to say “no.” There are hard days and difficult situations, but through these difficult days I have continued to grow as a person.

I don’t feel as though I go to “work” because I have a job I enjoy and love. A lot of our life is spent at work, but if you enjoy it, it will make all the difference.