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Jackson finds calling in long-term care

Tami Jackson was hired as director of nursing at the Ellsworth Care Center this spring. While raising a family, Jackson returned to school to study nursing. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

Tami Jackson got a new start in several different ways in the early 2000s.

Jackson married her second husband and they moved from Ohio to Wisconsin, she said Wednesday. Then, she went back to school for a vocation she’d always thought about pursuing: nursing.

“It’s rewarding,” she said, “when you can make someone’s day a little better.”

Jackson’s latest job is director of nursing at the Ellsworth Care Center, where she began this spring. The new director had seen an ad on the center’s web site and applied for the opening.

The position marks a return to the nursing homes for which she mostly worked before a brief stint at the hospital in Durand, she said. That experience made her realize her calling is in long-term care, she added.

At the local care center, the director is responsible for a nursing department staff of approximately 50 in a facility which employs a total of between 70 and 90 people, she said. She monitors the disciplines and oversees all care, ranging from medications to wound care to physical therapy.

“We do a lot of quality assurance,” she said.

After the first couple of months handling her duties, Jackson said she’s found them to be what she expected and likes her new post. The home here with its 55 beds is slightly larger than the American Lutheran Homes in Menomonie, an earlier employer. Along her career path from Certified Nursing Assistant to Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse, she worked outside in the industry, and that facility is one of the places she labored the longest.

“It gave me a good foundation,” she said.

For more please read the August 6 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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