Lisa Wright has been a LPN at Danbury Massillon since its opening in 2016, working with residents in both the assisted living area and the memory care unit. Although she has worked in the nursing field since 2008, she counts her time at Danbury as the most enjoyable of her career. We took some time to talk with Lisa to learn what makes Danbury Massillon such a special place.
How has working at Danbury differed from previous job opportunities?
Danbury differs from other communities because the residents are happy, and it shows! You can tell they’re cared for in a happy environment. I build relationships and get attached to them. They have a great team of department heads who are all on the same page of focusing on keeping the residents happy. Danbury is bright and cheerful from the looks of the facility to the entire staff, including kitchen and housekeeping staff. Everyone always asks, “What can I do to make it better?” It’s just a really happy place!
What is one of your favorite things about working at Danbury?
My favorite part of every day is chit-chatting with the residents. We have the type of relationship where they share things with me. They are so wise and full of love and experience! It doesn’t matter how much of a bad day I’ve had–as soon as I walk into Danbury, the residents make it easy for me to be cheerful.
Do you have a favorite client story or experience?
I was in Patricia’s room, where she was looking at pictures and reminiscing about her late husband. She said, “We had our moments, but we lived a happy life.” I told her sometimes my husband and I have moments, too, and she gave me some advice: “He made me so mad sometimes, I wanted to smack him. But instead, I would go up behind him, wrap my arms around him, and hug him. Then I would move on without being mad all day.” She gave me advice that I actually went home and tried.
Tell me about your work culture. What is it like working with your colleagues at Danbury?
My fellow nurses are helpful team players who are considerate of other people. They often stay past their shift to finish what they started so the oncoming shift doesn’t have to deal with it. That’s unheard of in other places!
If you could offer one piece of advice to aspiring LPNs or LPNs who are looking for job opportunities, what would it be?
Go into it with an open mind and a big heart. If you go into the field of nursing or any medical field, show compassion to everyone, especially the elderly. At their age and their stage of life, they deserve nothing but to be shown compassion. If you don’t have a big heart, go work somewhere else. Oh, and staying organized is key!
Learn more about how you can apply to be an LPN at one of our Danbury Senior Living locations by exploring our current postings.