GG: RN, her goal in life was to always be a nurse, as she had two mentors in her life growing up in her grandparents of which one was an Urologist and the other was an RN. She started as a Candy Striper (volunteer) as a teenager and progressed to a CAN, then the path curved and she met her husband and started a family. She was fortunate enough to be accepted into nursing school when her boys were growing and attended LPN school, and as her plan was to work in a hospital from the beginning she was hired by Bradley Hospital upon graduation. GC worked on a med-surge unit and often floated to the ER to assist when needed. Her career again took a detour as a position became available at Waterbury Hospital on the Neuro-Ortho unit and then Psychiatry due to union activity and layoffs. While working nights in that unit she attended Naugatuck Valley Community College and obtained her RN, and was bumped out of Waterbury Hospital and went to the V.A Hospital in West Haven, gaining experience in the Psych ER and also working in the Blind Rehab Unit. GC also worked for an agency doing staff relief which afforded her the possibility to do some homecare visits. She liked homecare and the schedule was more flexible, along with autonomy and experiencing the patients after hospitalization and the need for continued case management. The ability to be a positive influence to work toward positive outcomes appealed to her as a nurse who can make a difference. Homecare has changed her career and will continue to do so, always presenting new challenges.
CH: attended Southern Connecticut State University and graduated in 1992 with a BSN. After working in a more acute care setting, she decided on a career in homecare and found great enjoyment in working with a geriatric population of clients. She then accepted a position at Sunset Shores Adult Day Health Center in Stratford, Connecticut in 1998. In the position of Nurse Director, she was able to continue working in geriatrics with a focus on dementia. Her interest in homecare remained and she was fortunate enough to take on a position with All About You Home Care Services in 2002. She remained working with both geriatric and psychiatric clients and found her roles challenging and extremely fulfilling. She chose nursing due to her interest in working in a field where she was able to help others and for its diversity and feels fortunate to be able to say that she has found her niche and grateful for the career she has.