Member Spotlight: Rayma Ripperger of Afton Care Center

July 8, 2019

Rayma Ripperger entered the long-term care profession as a CNA before attending Southwestern Community College to become a nurse. As the current MDS coordinator and assistant DON at Afton Care Center in Afton, Iowa, Rayma helps residents both inside and outside the facility.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I started by working as a CNA in a long-term care facility for eight years before going to Southwestern Community College to become a nurse to work with the elderly.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I enjoy working with the residents and their families. There are challenges at times, but it is good knowing that you have helped them to overcome and accept those challenges.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
There are many lessons to be learned from the elderly generation. They are a joy to be around and have many stories to tell. You just have to listen.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
In addition to working with families and residents, I have helped them with community services if they are able to go home, and I have assisted with blood pressure clinics.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy riding with my spouse on our trike, spending time with my kids and grandchildren, sewing, reading, watching TV and taking vacations.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Every day is a new challenge. Be happy and smile.”

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