Member Spotlight: Tricia Steward of St. Luke Lutheran Home

August 20, 2020

Tricia Steward began her career in long-term care at age 16 as a CNA. As the RN RAC-CT unit manager at St. Luke Lutheran Home, she views her organization as a family and values the opportunity to advocate for residents, families and her fellow staff members.

How did you get started in the long-term care profession?
When I was young, my mother worked as a nurse in long-term care. I remember being excited to go to work with her. The older generation had such great stories and life lessons to share. I began working as a CNA when I was 16. Over the years and through my education, I have worked in acute care, emergency care and long-term care. My passion and heart belong to long-term care.

What do you like most about working in long-term care?
Every day I enjoy being able to come to work for both the residents and our staff. It is like having one big family. Being able to give support and being an advocate for residents, families and staff members while spending time with those who appreciate even the smallest of tasks is very rewarding.

What would you tell others to encourage them to consider a career in long-term care?
Every day you are given the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. When you work in long-term care, you are more than a time clock number. This career is rewarding. It offers new opportunities and challenges that increase your knowledge on a daily basis.

What lessons have you learned working in long-term care that also help you outside of work?
I have learned to appreciate life and all that God has blessed me with. Time is short, compassion is key and every story makes a person. Always take time to listen and learn.

When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy my family time, grandchildren, my fur friends, outdoor activities, camping, fishing and baking.

What is your favorite quote and why?
My favorite quote is, “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Every person is unique. You have your own personality, attitude, values and beliefs. You should never allow anyone to change you. Be yourself and be proud of who you are.

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