Member Spotlight: Pamela Tallman of La Porte City Specialty Care

March 4, 2021

Pamela Tallman wanted to find a career that makes a bright impact on the world. As the administrator at La Porte City Specialty Care, Pamela makes a positive difference in the lives of many every day through providing exceptional care and leadership.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I was planning to go back to school in a different field. I considered several options but chose nursing home administration, as I grew up with grandparents and greats and enjoy being with older people.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I was taught “residents first,” and this is what I believe. They have a story that is just as important as our own stories. They should be respected and valued for the lives they have led and still made to feel valuable and respected while we are part of their lives.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
A classic comment is that people want to make a difference. No matter the career choice, most people want to make a positive impact on the world. Regardless of the job title, health care is a way to make a long-lasting impact on others. As an administrator, the job is different every day, but the people you care for and the families you serve still have the same need every day – and you get to be a part of that.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
I try to remember that my actions should reflect what I was taught about character and demonstrating my values to others. Integrity, loyalty and courage are my guides, and doing the right thing, unwavering faithfulness and emotional strength are put to the test in life and as an administrator. Honesty, empathy, perseverance and compassion also play a role in my daily actions.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
Honestly, my hobby is shopping – for anyone and anything! I have always enjoyed reading and used to be a voracious reader. I am currently in a book club which gives me a chance to read selections of fiction that I would not normally choose. I also find making beaded jewelry to be a relaxing and creative outlet when I have time. I like to ride bikes and be by the pool in the summer. Of course, I spend time with my husband and two daughters who are 13 and 17. We also have two cats, Simon and Clover.

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