Member Spotlight: Rhonda Scholten of Prairie View Campus

August 19, 2021

Rhonda Scholten’s health care experience began when she was 13 years old and volunteered at a hospital. As a certified nurse aide (CNA) at Prairie View Campus in Sanborn, she enjoys the variety that comes with her role and getting to meet and care for residents.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I started as a candy striper when I was 13 and became a CNA in 1977 at 17 years old through Iowa Lakes Community College.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
I enjoy the people – most specifically, the residents. I also enjoy that no night is ever the same, as I work overnight shifts and my routine is never the same.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
It is hard work, but the benefits of meeting and taking care of the people greatly outweigh any of the negatives. It is a very rewarding job. You always know you are helping someone who can no longer help themselves.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
You learn to process things differently, and instead of reacting, you learn to step back and look at the whole picture before acting on things in life.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy camping, fishing, crocheting and spending time with family, especially my grandkids.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Live everyday to its fullest because tomorrow is never promised.” The older I get, the more I appreciate the life that God has given us and the people around me.

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