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48 Years

Virginia Bruce

Virginia is a Nurse Supervisor at ManorCare Health Services—Kenosha, Wisconsin

Virginia is our longest-serving employee. In 2017, she is in her 49th year with the company. She notes that HCR ManorCare has given her the opportunity to be a part of improving residents’ quality of life, and it gives her great joy when families have returned to say thank-you. She became a nurse because to her nursing means patience, compassion and a strong commitment to serve when it matters most. It means accountability, dependability and knowledge. It means unity, diversity, leadership and respect. Virginia’s administrator at ManorCare Health Services—Kenosha gives her high praise. “Virginia has been a cornerstone for our facility. We don’t worry about her unit because we know she’s on it!” Adds the center’s director of nursing, “Virginia is a compassionate, caring nurse and knows not only her patients very well but the family members also. She is always willing to take the time with family to inform and support them with anything that is going on with their loved ones.” In turn, Virginia has high praise for her chosen profession. “Nursing has greatly changed over the years, but the basics of empathy and teaching have remained the same. It is a wonderful, fulfilling career to follow.”

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Virginia

To me, nursing means patience, compassion and a strong commitment to serve when it matters most.

47 Years

Vivian Powell

Vivian is a Food Service Manager at ManorCare Health Services—New Providence, New Jersey

Vivian has been with the company 47 years. She says the reason she has remained with the company so long is HCR ManorCare’s commitment to the patients and its positive outlook. What does she enjoy most? “I enjoy sharing my growth and experience with others in my department. I also enjoy teaching others outside my department how to demonstrate dependency and teamwork and to be caring. It’s rewarding to me to see others happy.” ManorCare Health Services—New Providence’s HR director interjects that Vivian started with HCR ManorCare in New Providence as a nursing assistant and has progressed into a food service manager role. “She is a very reliable, dependable and dedicated employee. Vivian is always cooperative, demonstrates cleanliness, and is willing to go above and beyond for patients and her staff. She is polite and courteous to others. Even when she is dealing with rude customers, she always has a smile on her face." For those just starting out in the health care field, Vivian would encourage them to feel confident, have courage, and be willing to accept criticism and apply it to everyday tasks. In her long career, she credits her success to her willingness to take advice and suggestions, and to treat all with respect and dignity. Vivian adds, “Be positive. HCR ManorCare can provide you with many opportunities to learn and grow.”

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Vivian

I enjoy sharing my growth and experience with others. It's rewarding to me to see others happy.

45 Years

Helen Zmuda

Helen is a Nurse Supervisor at ManorCare Health Services—Chevy Chase, Maryland

Helen has been a company employee for 45 years. She credits her longevity to “the spirit of the place.” A lot of change has occurred over the years, but not the way employees are cared for or the family-like atmosphere. She has always felt that everyone from senior administration to coworkers on her shift was approachable. Says Helen, “I really enjoy working with the patients and their families. That why we’re here. And I really enjoy working with the people on my shift and the other shifts, as well. I am very, very happy with ManorCare. And I’m very happy with our administrator and love our new DON. We learn from them; they’re all approachable. You don’t have to be afraid to speak up.” Her advice to those entering the health care field?—Listen and learn. “You never stop learning, do we? You always try to learn from things that have gone wrong so that the next time you will have learned from your mistake and not make the same one again.” She has also found that change is inevitable, and you just have to go with it. Her administrator at ManorCare Health Services—Chevy Chase adds, “Helen has been a mentor and role model of skill and compassion not just to the nurses and nursing assistants here, but also to the entire staff. She is an important part of the fabric of Chevy Chase.”

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Helen

You always try to learn from things that have gone wrong so that the next time you will have learned from your mistake and not make the same one again.

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