Member Spotlight: Randy Fletcher of Longhouse-Northshire

January 21, 2021

Randy Fletcher did veterinarian work with cattle before starting nursing classes at age 35. As a registered nurse at Longhouse-Northshire Ltd., where he has worked for 23 years, Randy enjoys building relationships with residents.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I was a nontraditional student. I started nursing classes when I was 35 years old and did veterinarian work with cattle before starting my career in nursing.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I enjoy talking with elderly residents. They have so much to offer in wisdom, and due to my age, I can relate to them.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
Working in long-term care is a very rewarding career. We need to have more health care workers due to a lot of us older nurses retiring soon.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
I have learned communication skills, how to work with others and how to mentor new nurses. Working in long-term care has made me a better person, and I have met many wonderful caregivers.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy being with my family and granddaughters. I help babysit my grandchildren, and I also enjoy golfing, working in the yard and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Life is great as long as you don’t weaken.” Stay healthy and God bless.

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