“Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring.”  – Sharon Hudacek, author and instructor

In celebration of Nurses Week, Presby’s Inspired Life is sharing the stories of some of the many, amazing nurses that work in our communities. Venecia is an LPN at Presby’s Broomall community. At any given time, she can be found dancing and singing–bringing joy to the lives of the residents entrusted to her care. In the Q&A that follows, Venecia shares why she decided to go back to school and follow her passion of becoming a nurse. 

  • What inspired you to become a nurse? I always knew I had the passion for it and working as a CNA, I knew I had more to offer and that’s why I decided to go back to school.  I enjoy coming in, talking to the residents and putting a smile on their face every day.  I knew this was my calling. Working as a CNA, I knew I wanted to go further.
  • Did you have a role model or mentor that encouraged you to pursue a career in nursing? If yes, who? I saw here at Broomall where other CNAs went on to become nurses.  I always knew that being a CNA was not my final destination and I was supposed to go further.  I always knew that I had more to offer.
  • What unique gifts and talents do you feel you bring to your role? One unique gift that I have is that I’m light-hearted. When I go to give a resident medication I’m always dancing or singing or something fun to get them smiling. The fact that I was CNA, still remains a part of me.
  • What is the most rewarding aspect of being a nurse? At the end of the day, when I leave here, I know that I was able to put a smile on someone’s face; knowing  that they were cared for and their needs were met. I just feel that sense of completeness. 
  • Do you have a memorable experience that touched you in a special way, either with a resident and/or a family? I have quite a few….But one in particular, stands out. A family member came up to me to thank me for taking care of their mom. She was declining—despondent and not taking her medicine. Then she turned around. She started taking her medicine, eating and became more involved in activities. They thanked me for bringing their mom to a more positive place.  They shared with me that when they couldn’t be there they were comforted that I was here. They put their trust and faith in me. That meant a lot. It touched my heart.
  • What do you enjoy the most about working at Broomall? You always feel that there is this sense of belonging. There is always someone to talk to if you need anything. You are never in it by yourself.
  • What advice or words of encouragement would you give to an aspiring nurse?  Once you have the passion for it, just go for it!