On May 17, 2017, Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro Woolley, Washington, hosted a retirement party for Michelle Walker, a nurse.
Walker had worked at the facility for more than 36 years, and fellow associates celebrated her many years of service. The party included light appetizers, and associates went around the room and shared fond memories they had of working with her.
Life Care Center of Skagit Valley also ran an ad honoring Walker for her service, in which she shared about her experience at the facility. Here is what she said:
I wondered about my wisdom in choosing the Pacific Northwest and the Skagit Valley to move to as the week we left Minnesota was the week Mount St. Helens blew up. The ash cloud stopped our journey for three days.
It has been 36 years since I stopped at LCCSV to apply for a nursing position. My joy of nursing has never wavered even through all the trials and frustrations. I have worked as a med treatment nurse, restorative nurse, unit charge nurse, resident care manager and done admissions and discharges. I have watched two generations of families come here for our care.
I have shared my life and career with my family at home and also all of the wonderful people who have worked here with me – the nurses, aides, therapists, housekeepers, laundry and the great kitchen crews over the years.
I may have wondered about my wisdom in moving here all those years ago, but now I know I made the right decision for me and my family. I have truly been blessed to have chosen nursing, Life Care Center of Skagit Valley and the Skagit community. I am not sure where the time has gone!