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Celebrating National Nurses Week at Good Sam

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — It’s National Nurses Week, a time many businesses, communities and individuals celebrate the people who make a big difference in the lives of their patients every day. In tonight’s Your Money Matters, why it’s never too late to follow your dreams of becoming a nurse. 

“I’ve actually been working in nursing homes since I was 16 years old,” Good Samaritan Society Luther Manor Registered Nurse Brenda Claussen said.

After spending a few decades working as a CNA, Brenda Claussen decided her 40s were the perfect time to begin her career.

“When my kids were in like middle school, high school, I decided to go back to college and got my bachelor’s in R.N.,” Claussen said.

Now she’s a key part of her patients’ lives every day.

“I enjoy the residents and having that personal relationship with each one of them,” Claussen said.

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“Nurses are absolutely the heart and soul of what we do. I mean, we run nursing homes after all, that’s what we do,” DeeAndra Sandgren said.

Good Samaritan Society Chief Nursing Officer DeeAndra Sandgren says their organization is always celebrating the work their nurses do for their residents, but this week is extra special.

“You have all these people around supporting you and there is no other job that is more rewarding of what you can do, how you can do impact and just do better and give good back to your communities,” Sandgren said.

Sandgren says there will always be a need for more nurses in every aspect of health care, a career Claussen says is well worth the effort.

“It’s a lot of hard work when you go to school, but it’s well worth it in the end, the rewards and that are worth it, the emotional rewards of having that relationship with other people,” Claussen said. 

Sandgren says the families of their Good Samaritan Society residents sleep better knowing a skilled and caring nurse is always there to look after their loved one. If you have a special nurse in your life, you can show appreciation anytime, especially during this National Nurses Week.

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