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Celebrating Nurses: Deanna Erickson
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Celebrating Nurses: Deanna Erickson

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Age: 43.

Specific job title: Registered Nurse Manager at Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Where did you go to college: Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa.

How many years as a nurse: I have been a registered nurse for 23 years.

Where do you live: I live in Shippensburg.

What do you like best about what you do?I love working with and caring for people. I also love how nursing is such a diversified field.

What is the toughest challenge you face while dealing with COVID-19?

The toughest challenge I faced dealing with COVID was seeing healthy individuals get sick very quickly and then pass away. With the visitation restrictions in long term care, we became the residents’ family, as well as the residents’ families eyes and ears, relaying information to them, teaching them how to don PPE so they could see their loved ones one last time. The COVID outbreak has been very emotionally, mentally and physically challenging on all healthcare workers.

Something you would like the public to know about what you do?I am a certified Dementia Practitioner as well as a certified Dementia Trainer. I love the challenges of Dementia.

What’s your favorite patient or story?I have so many patient stories, I cannot just pick one.

Who are your role models or mentors?My role model is my mom. She has worked her way through the ranks of nursing, starting out as a CNA, to a Unit Secretary, to an LPN, to an RN. She accomplished all of this while working full time and caring for our family.

What goals do you have in your field of service?My goal is to improve upon the standard of care our elderly deserve.

"The toughest challenge I faced dealing with COVID was seeing healthy individuals get sick very quickly and then pass away."

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