Member Spotlight: Colleen Conrad of Longhouse-Northshire

April 22, 2019

Colleen Conrad began her career in long-term care in the laundry department after her friend encouraged her to work at the local nursing home. Now, as a certified nursing/medical assistant at Longhouse-Northshire in Spencer, Iowa, Colleen enjoys making a difference in the lives of residents.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I had a friend who talked me into getting a job at the local nursing home. I started in the laundry department. Soon after, I began taking classes to become a nurse assistant.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I like the acknowledgment from the residents that I have made their day better. They look forward to seeing me, and I look forward to seeing them.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
It is a very rewarding career. It is an awesome feeling knowing that you helped someone and made their day better.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
I have learned respect. We all want to be respected. I have also learned patience. In this fast-paced world, we all need to slow down and enjoy the moment.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy my family and friends, sewing, crafts, reading, doing puzzles, listening to music, car shows and camping.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.” – Richard Carlson
We need to take the time to make our lives more peaceful and caring.