Member Spotlight: Aubry Haberer of Eastern Star Masonic Home

March 31, 2022

Aubry Haberer became interested in working in long-term care at a young age after watching her grandmother provide home care to her patients. Aubry now works in infection control at Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone and enjoys empowering the residents and staff.

How did you get interested in the long-term care profession?
I became a certified nursing assistant (CNA) almost 17 years ago, but my journey started when I was much younger. My grandmother was a registered nurse (RN) and cared for a few patients in their homes. I would travel along with her and help her care for these folks.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
That is a difficult question; it is hard to say what I like the most. I equally love the residents and learning about their lives, as well as the staff I work with. I love empowering the staff. They are so important and often don’t feel that way.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
You can make such an impact on the residents’ lives, even when they are unable to tell you. The smile on the nonverbal resident’s face after you finished caring for him or her – that smile says it all. Everyday is unique and special.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also helps outside of work?
Life is all about perception – negative versus positive. Whichever you choose will affect, and likely reflect, your outcome.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy spending time with my kids. It seems like my son goes out for every sport possible and is also a member of 4-H. He takes his cattle showing very seriously.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Change and improvement will only happen if we do something about it.

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