When Cristy Keith was promoted to Director of Nursing at Morning Pointe at Greenbriar Cove last year, it was one of the happiest moments in her career. “In total, I have been with Morning Pointe for almost eight years,” she explains. “I feel like I was born to be a nurse. Giving back and caring for others has always been a part of who I am, and truly being able to provide quality care to my residents and make a difference in their everyday life is completely gratifying to me.” Thinking back over all the residents and their loved ones she has worked with over the years, Keith can’t help but be filled with appreciation for her profession. “I know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them, and them to me, and those threads make up the tapestry that is my career in nursing,” she says.
“Families and residents entrust us with their well-being, so it’s important that I do everything in my power to provide excellent care.”
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I love how self-rewarding this profession is. Knowing that I can apply my personal experience and contribute to someone’s recovery and wellness gives me a sense of personal pride, which in turn strengthens my commitment to this profession.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Being proactive in your everyday health is the best way to maintain good health.
3. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
It is important to be open and honest with each person. Be presentable, available, and attentive to their wants and needs as individuals.
4. What influenced you to pursue your career?
Growing up, no one in my family had established a career, profession, or even received a college degree; I knew this was something I wanted out of life. In addition, being a mother of six children, I knew I had to lead by example and give my children a positive role model to look up to and admire.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care for your patients?
Nursing is more than treating an illness. It is focused on delivering quality care that is individualized to the needs of each person.
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