Member Spotlight: Donna Halstead of PARC Hall

July 22, 2021

Donna Halstead has known she wanted to work with the elderly ever since she was 18 years old. As a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and certified medical assistant (CMA) at PARC Hall of Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg, she enjoys seeing smiles and hearing stories from those she cares for.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
When I was 18, I wanted to be able to work with the elderly to give back to them and make them feel loved. Also, I have a chance to impact the lives of those I care for.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
It is very rewarding knowing that I can help other people and to see the smiles and hear the stories from the patients.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
Working in long-term care requires a lot of patience and compassion. You should work in long-term care if you feel rewarded by helping others, and remember to treat the families and patients like your own.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also helps you outside of work?
It always goes better when working as a team, and many hands make light work.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy spending time with my family and grandkids. I also enjoy gardening and making my flower bed look good.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Every day may not be good but there is always something good in every day.”

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