Member Spotlight: Megan Swanson of Manilla Manor

May 13, 2019

Megan Swanson took advantage of the CNA class offered by her high school and began a career in long-term care. She enjoys lending an ear to residents and building relationships with them and their families. Megan currently serves as a CNA at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I began as a dietary aide at Manilla Manor. I became very close with the residents and wanted to do more, so I took the CNA class provided by my high school.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I enjoy getting to hear so many life stories. I love being that person who residents can talk to about anything. I also like becoming friends with residents’ families.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
It’s a rewarding job to be able to help entertain, talk to and care for elderly families. They are always so thankful for even the small things that you do for them. Caring for them, they appreciate even more.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
I’ve learned how to recognize that someone needs help even though they don’t ask for it. I’ve also learned to appreciate the abilities I have now, as they could easily be taken.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy taking my dog to Manilla Manor because the residents like him and how pretty he is. I also enjoy watching Netflix.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.” In this career you see a lot of depressing things like death, but you need to keep smiling and caring for others.