Member Spotlight: Shalonda Young of The Gardens of Cedar Rapids

February 18, 2021

After graduating high school, Shalonda Young became a CNA and has worked in long-term care ever since. As a restorative nurse at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids, she enjoys making her residents feel at home.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
I’ve always had a passion to care for others since I was young. After I graduated high school, I took a class to become a CNA. From there, I gained employment in long-term care and have been in it for the long run ever since.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
The residents, of course! They’re the reason I have a job. I like being able to go to work and make it feel like home to the residents.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
I would tell others that working in long-term care is such a rewarding career. There are many careers, besides nursing, that can contribute to long-term care. I feel like there’s something out there for most people, so take steps to join the team.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
I’ve learned to never judge a book by its cover. You never know what someone has, or is going through. I’ve also learned to treat others how you want to be treated in the way you act, think, feel and speak. Give out the same energy you would want to receive.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy spending time with my family, experimenting with ideas from Pinterest and thinking of ways to become a better version of me.

What is your favorite quote and why?
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” This is my favorite quote because this helped me get to where I am now. There will be challenges, obstacles and situations that push you out of your comfort zone, but it’s still necessary to grow and progress as an individual.

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