This nurse adopts the pace of nature
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This nurse adopts the pace of nature

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Joanna Bonacci has adopted the pace of nature whose secret is patience.

Smiling on a late Friday afternoon near the end of April, the friendly nurse talks happily about her recent workplace award.

“I’m very surprised,” admits the 26-year-old about being named the Carveth Care Centre Employee of the Month for May.

A Registered Practical Nurse at Carveth Retirement Lodge for almost two years, Joanna is a beloved member of the Carveth family who is known for her patience.

“I love my job,” she replies, when asked about her work to care for more than 40 people in the retirement home. “I love it enough to make the commute from Kingston.”

A nurse since 2014, Joanna worked in the nursing home at Carveth Care Centre for more than two years before transitioning to duty nurse in the retirement lodge.

“This was my first job,” she says with a laugh.

“I like the care that is provided for the residents,” she explains. “I think that is really important. Everyone works as a team here.”

Asked to describe herself, Joanna uses words such as friendly, caring and patient.

“That’s one quality I can say (I have) with confidence,” she exclaims.

Speaking on behalf of the home, Lodge Manager Phyllis Lorbetskie notes, “Joanna is a dedicated Registered Practical Nurse at Carveth Retirement Lodge. She has done a wonderful job improving and broadening her nursing skills and it is a pleasure to see her smiling face in the home. Joanna is compassionate and patient with residents which has helped her develop trust and rapport. She is a team player who volunteers to work during staff shortages. Her help is greatly appreciated.”

Pleased with the feedback, Joanna admits, “Carveth provides good care. I really like being part of the team here. I like building that bond and rapport with the people who live here.

“I like the lodge because you’re dealing with people who could manage at home, but they just need a little extra help,” she continues. “I enjoy forming friendships and bonds.”

When she’s not at work, Joanna can be found enjoying our warm Canadian summers in a canoe or kayak or at a concert.

Fortunate to have known at an early age what she wanted to do in life, Joanna is happy with her choice to become a nurse.

“I’m just glad it’s working out,” she notes happily.

Carveth Care Centre is grateful for the patience and skill of Joanna Bonacci. We hope all of our nursing staff have a fun Nursing Week May 7-11.

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