At Grace Pointe, we are a community. From our residents to our staff, we understand that everyone has a unique story to tell. We sat down with Subrena, Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, to learn a little bit more about her nursing background and why she loves Grace Pointe.
How long have you been in nursing?
Almost 30 years ago I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado here in Greeley with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Most of my career has been in the field of physical rehabilitation. I earned my certificate as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) about 10 years ago. I joined the Grace Pointe Rehabilitation team approximately 4 years ago.
What do you like about Grace Pointe?
I am very proud to be a team member at Grace Pointe for many reasons. One of the greatest reasons; Grace Pointe has a strong sense of community and is privately owned by a resident of Greeley. To me, this makes Grace Pointe more than a Nursing Facility in Northern Colorado, it is family. There is a clear commitment to giving back to the community.
What do you enjoy about the work that you do?
Being a Rehab nurse, Grace Pointe gives me the perfect platform to do what I do best. I love seeing patients come from the hospital, many times very frail and debilitated and watching them thrive in the supporting environment. The goal of rehabilitation is to get these individuals back to the highest functional level possible. I love working with a team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and support staff to make this happen.
By the same token, I am privileged to work as part of a Hospice team when that becomes the reality. It is my honor to assist people and their families both physically and spiritually through this sacred time.
What do you enjoy outside of work?
I love spending time with my family. My husband and I have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. We enjoy having them over and creating wonderful memories. I love the mountains and the outdoors. I had the pleasure of growing up in Colorado with horses, goats, cows, dogs and other critters. I now have 4 dogs to round off the family! I’ve also been working on a business start-up with my youngest son in Real Estate and love the new adventure.
Tell us about being a working mom.
It’s always challenging being a working mother, particularly in a caregiving profession, it is important to take care of ourselves. I used to take my children to work with me or to visit the patients on my days off. This gave my children greater compassion and the ability to not fear but appreciate the elderly. Motherhood is one of the most challenging and fulfilling stations in life! From the first time you feel the blessed life in your body, your life has changed forever! My children are now grown and I always worked while raising them. Fortunately, I had my mother to help with me. Now, my mother is in a nursing home with advanced Alzheimer’s. I am grateful she had so much interaction with my children when they were young. Lots of great memories were made!