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"In a way, we become their family."

Sue Allen, R.N. Community Health Nurse, Park Ridge At Home

When I was a secretary at the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, I liked helping people and working with doctors – so I decided to become a nurse.

I got my R.N. and worked as a weekend nursing supervisor for many years. Then my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, and while I was caring for her, I decided that I could do professionally what I was doing in my personal life – so community health nursing was a natural fit.

Seven years ago, I became a community health nurse for Unity’s Park Ridge at Home program. There are some key differences when you’re a community health nurse – it’s all about choices, and making sure that people are getting the care they need. From personal experience, I truly understand how important it is to keep people at home and living as independent as possible.

We also offer a lot of support for families – we give them some relief, but at the same time, we draw them in to help. We do a lot of educating and coordinating with other services available throughout the community. And we work with many other health care professionals.

I believe nursing is a much-needed profession with broad opportunities – and to be a community health nurse, you need to be able to work independently and you need to have plenty of acute clinical experience.

Join me. Join us.