Member Spotlight: Emma Dewey of Mayflower Community Homes

July 27, 2023

Growing up, Emma Dewey became inspired at a young age by many of her family members who worked in long-term care. Now a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Mayflower Community Homes, Emma finds long-term care to be a rewarding career. Emma is a recent recipient of the John W. and Kimberly D. Grubb Registered Nurse (RN) Scholarship to continue her education toward her registered nurse (RN) licensure. Congratulations Emma on this outstanding accomplishment!

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?

A lot of women in my family worked as nurses, including my grandmother, aunt and mother, so I was exposed to the rewarding work of health care from an early age! They all started in long-term care and as soon as I could, I worked in long-term care as well.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?

I love how rewarding the job is! You meet so many wonderful people through this job and learn to appreciate and carry on their stories. Seeing my residents having a good quality of life due to my care makes everything worth it!

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?

Working in long-term care has completely changed my life and perspective and I know it will change yours! You learn so many important skills such as communication, empathy and passion that you really wouldn’t get from any other career!

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?

I have learned to always be empathetic and compassionate to the people and environment around me. The golden rule really applies to health care as well – treating others the way you want to be treated! It has helped me grow as a person in every setting!

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy being with my loved ones such as my fiancé, pets, friends and family! They are what encourage me to do great things!

What is your favorite quote and why?

One of my favorite quotes is by Mother Teresa, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” It is so powerful and applies to every single person that reads it! Kindness is a concept everyone can learn, no matter age, race, sex or ethnicity!

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