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Inspired to Care

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Through our Inspired to Care campaign, learn why our nurses love working at CVMC...and why you will too!

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Melissa Rouse, LPN

Melissa Rouse, LPN

Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing
Central Vermont Medical Center

“I started working here when I was 16 years old as a geriatric aide. That was six years ago. Since then I’ve worked hard to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Now I’m applying to school to become a Registered Nurse. I’ve tried working at other places, but I always come back to Woodridge.

The residents inspire me to come to work every day. They are like family.

I really do have a passion for geriatric care. I feel really appreciated for what I do. Smiles and thank you’s mean a lot. It’s rewarding to make someone feel better.

Working here reminds me of my Gram. She was my best friend, someone who always saw the positives inside me and inspired me to believe in myself. I think of her all the time. When I’m working I’m not just passing pills, I’m taking care of each individual person and treating them like I would want my Gram to be treated.”

Nick Pantano, RN

Nick Pantano, RN

Surgical Services
Central Vermont Medical Center

“I chose to come to Central Vermont because of its location in the mountains. After I began working here I quickly discovered how kind and helpful the staff is. Everyone from the senior management team to the environmental services staff are great to work with!

It’s the kind of atmosphere that creates great patient care. That’s the bottom line.”

Miranda Wigren, LNA

Miranda Wigren, LNA

Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing
Central Vermont Medical Center

"I’ve been at Woodridge for five years. After graduation from Montpelier High School I took the Licensed Nursing Assistant course through the Barre Technical Center. When I got here, I fell in love with it. It’s like a whole second family. Now I’m taking the prerequisites for nursing school so I can become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

It was actually one of the residents that inspired me to go back to school. She was a nurse during WWII and she encouraged me to continue my education. Her stories made a real impact on me. The residents’ families also make working here worthwhile. A letter from one of the resident’s sons comes to mind. He wrote about how good it felt that we really got to know his mom and how much it meant to him to see her happy at the end of her lifetime. It’s important to me to make sure that people are cared for well.

I lost my father two years ago and when I see the residents I think of him. They are my adopted parents and grandparents. I love hearing their stories. The residents are my inspiration. I joke that instead of keeping me young, they keep me old – reminding me of what matters in life."