LOUISVILLE, KY (May 7, 2019) – “I have always wanted to be a nurse, ever since I was young,” says Karen Green, the director of nursing at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Louisville (KY), who has worked in the nursing field for nearly 30 years. After graduating from high school, she became a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and took to her new job with zeal. However, she soon realized that her tremendous empathy for her patience made it difficult to fulfil her duties. “If my patients were crying, I felt their pain. My mom said to come home and not to go back until I was ready,” she explains. After taking some time and experimenting with other jobs, she decided to return to school, becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She hasn’t looked back since. “I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else,” she says.
Over the course of her career as a nurse, Green worked in hospitals and nursing homes, and now leads the Alzheimer’s and dementia memory care program at The Lantern memory care community on the Morning Pointe of Louisville campus. She joined the team as a nurse not long after its opening in 2017. “I always wanted to take care of senior citizens,” Green shares. As a member of large family, Green understands firsthand the experience of taking care of aging relatives, including those with dementia. Drawing on a lifetime of accumulated skills and the additional training she received at Morning Pointe, she makes a difference every day at The Lantern. She leads from a place of deeply held conviction, not just acting the part of nurse who cares but truly living out that role every day. “The residents can ask me something 20 times a day. I gladly walk them down the hallway to their apartment, reminding them that this is where they live,” she says. “It’s easy because I know that they don’t know and that’s what I am here for.” At The Lantern, Green works closely with physicians and family members, making sure the residents’ needs are met and their dignity is preserved. “I tell the resident assistants that they have to put themselves in the families’ shoes. They have to remember this could be their family or their loved one. It even could be them one day,” she says.
“Morning Pointe Senior Living is honored to employ nurses like Karen Green and so many other dedicated associates who serve our seniors,” said Mandy Taylor, senior vice president of clinical services with the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based senior healthcare services company. “We celebrate these individuals on National Nurses Day and every day. We are Morning Pointe because of our nurses. Thank you for being you and doing what you do best.”
Morning Pointe Senior Living is the region’s choice for personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care. Based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Morning Pointe owns, operates, and manages 32 senior living communities across five southeastern states, with 11 locations serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Russell, Danville, and Richmond. For more information, please visit www.morningpointe.com.