Nurse of the Month – October 2020

Posted 10/14/2020

At FlexRN, our team is thrilled to work with nursing professionals who greatly impact the lives of their patients in a positive manner, and we have a special place in our hearts for nurses who are willing to go the extra mile! We believe such incredible work and dedication should not go unnoticed.

Our Nurse of the Month Award is presented to a nurse whose exemplary performance, professionalism, and leadership contribute to FlexRN’s mission and core values.

As you may know, once the team has nominated, we typically send a list of standard questions to our Nurse of the Months for our blog. This time however, we are sharing the letter of appreciation we received in its entirety instead – as it is a true testament to resilience, determination, and proof of how Nursing is not just a career but a calling!

Good morning to all my colleagues at FlexRN. With a humbling a grateful heart I thank you for this recognition. It comes to me with such surprise and honor.  

I want to give you just a little bit of background about myself. When I was four years old my Momma bought me a book called, “Nurse Nancy”, a little Golden Book. It was about a little girl dressed up as a nurse, taking care of all her stuffed animals. She had wrapped their little heads and put band-aids on them. I still have this book and I will be 63 years old next month. From that moment the seed was planted. I told my Dad many times, “Daddy when I grow up, I’m going to be a nurse”. He always encouraged me and wanted my dream to come true. 

I ended up getting married in 1979, (still married 41 years later!), and having four children. I made the decision to raise our children first, then hopefully follow my dreams when they were older. When I was 45 years old my youngest child started 8th grade and I started my journey to becoming a nurse. I worked two jobs, went to school, and followed my destiny. It took me five years to graduate because I had to start from the beginning. I even had to take more prerequisite classes because I did not take them in high school. In 2012 at the age of 50, I graduated from nursing school as an LPN. It was a dream come true and every year gets more special.  

I started working with FlexRN in July of this year. Everyone I have ever talked to in the company has been so friendly and willing to take all the time to listen to what I had to say. They are approachable and that is very important to me. No matter when I email them, I hear back from them within 24 hours at the latest, usually, it is sooner. 

I am a full-time Corrections nurse, and I have been here for a little over five years, so I do not travel. But I will say, if I were younger, I would love to do that.  I have worked as a Psych nurse with children and adolescents, mostly teenage boys, and loved it. But to be honest I love corrections the most. I have the most wonderful DON and HR Director that I have ever had in any job. My co-workers are great, dependable, and hard-working. Not to mention our secretary who is phenomenal.  

By nature, I am a nurturing person. I am older, so I think that comes with the territory.  I work very hard to be a positive member of my team, to be a team player, and assist in any way I can. This is important to me.  

Nursing is more than taking vital signs and passing medication. It goes much deeper than that. It is having a smile, it is loving what you do, it’s caring, it’s kindness, it’s passing positivity to others, and it’s treating others as if they were your family members. 

I will end this by saying, no matter what you think, you are never too old to follow your dreams. You can make it happen. 

Thank you once again for this recognition, I am overwhelmed, overjoyed, and humbled by your thoughtfulness. 

May love and peace be yours, 

Glenda A.

Join Us in Celebrating Glenda!

Glenda, it is a complete honor to have you on our team at FlexRN. Thank you for everything you do! We are so proud of you, we appreciate you, and we will continue doing our part for you, so you know that you are never alone. Everyone, please help us say congratulations to Glenda and spread the word about this amazing nurse by sharing her story on social media!

Interested in Correctional Nursing opportunities? Check out our job postings here.

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