National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. We are incredibly proud of our nurses at Arbutus, and will introduce you to a number of them during the course of the week. This week we would like to introduce you to some of our wonderful nurses.
Nursing Week Staff Profile: Deb Novotny Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator
Tell us a little about yourself: I am a 1981 graduate of Mount Aloysius College, getting an A.D. in Nursing and became a R.N. that year. After graduation I worked at Lee Hospital as a cardiac nurse in Telemetry and later at Windber Hospital on a medical/surgical unit. I then became Clinical Coordinator at Laurel Crest Manor and worked there 4 years until the birth of my son. For the next 3 years, I was a ‘Stay at Home Mom.’ I have been a Certified Gerontological Nurse since 1988. In 1991, I came to Arbutus Park Manor and have been here for almost 27 years. I started as a part-time RN Charge Nurse and Supervisor. In 2000, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with my B.S.N. I became the Continuing Education Director for 18 years, a Nurse Manager for 7 years and currently am a Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator. I have been married for 31 years to my husband Steve who owns a small engineering firm. We have 2 sons who are also civil/structural engineers. We live in Richland near Arbutus.
When did you join the team here at Arbutus? October 22, 1991- almost 27 years!
What is your favorite thing about being at Arbutus? I love the great teamwork we have at Arbutus and the warm atmosphere. I enjoy lending a helping hand to the LPNs & CNAs whenever needed to provide the best quality care we can give our residents and their families.
How did you get into nursing? I always loved helping people. I was fascinated by watching medical shows all my life and decided to become a nurse after reading a book about a surgical nurse when I was a teenager.
When you aren’t at Arbutus, what do you like to do? I love spending time with my family, relaxing in Florida in the sun by a beach or swimming in a pool. I love traveling to new places and attending sports events. My favorite hobbies are cooking, baking, gardening, swimming, walking, riding bikes, crocheting, and reading.
If you could meet anyone, living or deceased, who would it be? Mother Teresa
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would love to travel to Paris and Italy.
Finish this sentence: The Best Thing in Life is: making a difference in someone else’s life to create a lasting memory.