Linda began her caregiving experience as an aide in the 1970s at Glendale Nursing Home and the Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Sheboygan County.
Her peers needed to encourage her to go to Nursing School and she eventually signed up and was put on a 3 year waiting list. While on the waiting list Linda took class after class to prepare herself for clinical experiences.
Linda became a Registered Nurse in 1981. She worked on the Behavioral Health unit at Sheboygan Memorial for 5 years before taking her next job at Family Hospital in Milwaukee on the Geropsych unit. Family Hospital closed and Linda moved with the Geropsych program to Good Samaritan Hospital.
When Good Samaritan closed Linda became the Charge Nurse on the Geropsych unit at Aurora Sinai. In 2003 APH was blessed to welcome Linda and several of her peers as the Behavioral Health units at Aurora Sinai and SLMC were closed. Linda and her peers brought years of experience to our current Center of Excellence at APH.
Personally Linda is involved in her church and participates in the Women’s Retreats as the creative arts person. Linda is a fabulous cook and baker. She takes orders for her bakery and she shares them with staff and patients at APH. They are truly works of art and people feel guilty eating them.
Linda raised three daughters as a single mother, has 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. She lives in Sheboygan County on her 35 acre farm where she raises chickens, horses, steers, and soon goats. Plans to build a goat house are in the works. Linda has 8 gardens going at any time during the Wisconsin growing season. And yes, she works full time.
The attention of this award is a little overwhelming for Linda as she is quite humble. She said, “Knowing I have helped someone else is important to me. Many people just want to be listened to. We all need to take the time to listen more. Just sit down and listen.”
I like to believe that Linda is someone who has discovered her gifts and unselfishly shares them with others. We are lucky and blessed to have Linda in our profession. Congratulations, Linda!
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