I started employment at Fountain West in June of 1998 as the evening unit secretary. As my love and passion grew of working with the elderly I decided to start nursing school in 2002. In 2004 I became a LPN working as a team leader in multiple areas of the building. I graduated from DMACC with my RN in 2006. Once receiving my RN I became the full time skilled unit charge nurse on the day shift. I would often fill in for case managers when needed, extending my knowledge on care plans, MDS process, and management skills. In 2007 I transitioned into the Assistant Director of nursing role. In this position I was responsible for orientation of all new nursing staff, quality assurance and protocols, managing Heritage Court assisted living and multiple other duties. In my years as the ADON, I gained a huge knowledge base of long term care rules and regulations, survey process, customer service and management. I became the Director of Nursing in July of 2012. I now manage the nursing department employees, assist in hiring of new nursing employees, create and implement policies/procedures, educate staff on best practice, and much more. My focus always remains on the residents and their quality of life. I enjoy being out working with them personally and getting to hear about their life prior to Fountain West.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two beautiful daughters. I am a huge Hawkeye fan, love to shop, and be outdoors!