Member Spotlight: Anna Wallace of Prairie View Campus

October 8, 2020

Anna Wallace, the activity director at Prairie View Campus, has worked in long-term care since she was 24. She believes there are three valuable lessons learned while working in long-term care – patience, flexibility and teamwork.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I became a CNA at the age of 24 and have been working in long-term care ever since. I thought nursing was the path I would take, but it’s the activities where I truly became close to the residents and we got to know more about each other.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
You have the chance to develop a lasting relationship with your residents.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
Working in long-term care means you’ll be taking care of the same residents each day for an extended period of time. Since you’ll be taking care of your residents over a long period of time, you’ll have the chance to build a meaningful relationship with not just the patient, but their family too.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also helps you outside of work?
There are three valuable lessons you will learn in long-term care – patience, flexibility and teamwork. The residents will share their knowledge and life experiences with you to use in your lifetime.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
In my spare time I am raising two teenage daughters with my husband. I enjoy camping and spending time with family and friends when time allows.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life. This is why I find them so interesting and crucial on our paths to success.

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