December 10, 2009

Stable hours and shorter drive please local nurse

Stable hours and shorter drive please local nurse
For a busy mother of two small children, stable hours and shorter commuting time is a big selling point on employment. For Kayla Abrahamson, it adds to the pleasure she finds in her nursing job at Northland Community Health Center in Turtle Lake.
The Sheridan County native, born in Harvey and raised on the family farm northeast of McClusky, being able to have one of two very willing grandmothers babysit, is another plus. When one grandmother (Carol Abrahamson or Becky Thomas) cannot babysit, the other is ready to fill in. The fun grandmas and the safe family environment, add to the benefits of working close to home.
When former Turtle Lake Clinic nurse Tami Anderson left, former CEO Robin Silbernagel made a phone call and Abrahamson accepted the position. The work now includes being in charge of the vaccine program: ordering and monitoring children’s vaccines within the community, keeping up on CDC recommendations and Dept. of Health standards for vaccines.
Abrahamson, a top student throughout life, graduated from McClusky as valedictorian in her class in 2002, then cum laude from the University of Mary in 2006, receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing. During that time she was accepted as a member of the Sigma Theta Tau, a Christian honor society. In high school, she was in “every club but FFA,” she smiles. She was also in volleyball and basketball, as well as a 4-H member for years.
After her graduation, Abrahamson worked at the Garrison Hospital in acute care and emergency room duties. She started in the Turtle Lake Clinic in April of 2008, becoming “Jill’s nurse.”

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