Member Spotlight

In her 36 years of working in long-term care, Kris Parmenter has learned the importance of patience and teamwork, as well as the value of great coworkers and management.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
In 1983, after graduating from high school, I was going to nursing school and saw an ad for a nurse’s aide position. I applied and got the job. I had no idea how hard of work it was, but I immediately developed a love for the elderly. I have done this work for a total of 36 years and 30 years at Anamosa Care Center!

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I love the residents and hearing stories from their past. I also have great coworkers and management.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
Become a resident care technician or volunteer in a nursing home. This work isn’t for everyone but if you find out how rewarding it is, you will want to make it your career.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
Patience! There is no rushing a 95-year-old! This helps me be patient with others at work. I have also learned how important teamwork is and how things go so much smoother if you work as a team.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
Spending time with my kids, boating, going to Florida and spending time outside gardening.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“If you see someone without a smile, give them yours! A smile can brighten anyone’s day! No words need to be spoken.”

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