This week we wanted to introduce another key member of our office staff, our Director of Nursing, Janelle! Janelle is driven, whip smart, and is an amazing problem solver! She’s lived in the Twin Cities her whole life, but working for COC gave her and her family the flexibility to move to a farm in East Bethel with 2 horses, 3 goats, 8 bunnies, 5 chickens, 2 ducks, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. And 3 children!
Janelle worked as a dietary aide in nursing homes after getting her nursing assistant certificate. She completed Anoka Ramsey Community College’s nursing program, and COC was her first nursing job in 2009. She cared for an adult male with muscular dystrophy full time for a year, so she has excellent complex home care experience. Janelle worked for four years in a nursing home and with COC, which is still common among nurses. She liked the small, personable nature of COC and the clients she worked with.
COC put out a call for skilled nursing management in 2014, which she landed. She assisted the previous DON and then became the FT DON in 2016. “Even though it’s not initially what I saw myself doing, I made it my career choice because I like the work and the company; it’s a small business, privately owned, with open communication.”
COC gives Janelle a more flexible schedule and challenging and varied work. She enjoys the hands-on aspects of field work and the focused nature of office work combined.
We are so lucky to have such a driven and hardworking woman on our team!