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    For Kaitlyn Potts, nursing begins with building relationships

    Registered nurse Kaitlyn Potts finds the most rewarding part of her work in the relationships that she’s been able to build. In her role as a medication aide nurse, she enjoys a good deal of interaction with residents. She appreciates the chance to get to know them on a personal level.“I really like the relationships,” she said.   Read More...

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    Director of nursing at Wichita Presbyterian Manor works with her ‘favorite population’ every day

    “In long-term care, we fall in love with your loved one,” said Susan Cross. “We didn’t know them before, but we do know them now and are honored for the opportunity to be a part of their lives and their family.”Susan joined Wichita Presbyterian Manor in September 2018 as director of nursing. She previously was director of nursing for other senior living communities in the Wichita area.   Read More...

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    Why Aging Immune Systems Are More Vulnerable to the Coronavirus

    By The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) for Next AvenueDr. Sean X. Leng and his laboratory team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study the biology of healthy aging with a focus on chronic inflammation in late-life decline.   Read More...

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    Jeanne Douglass looks back at long career in nursing

    When Jeanne Douglass got her first job in nursing, she was just 17 years old and was living in a small town in north-central Kansas. She had no official training, no experience. She just “needed a job.” Years later, as one of the community’s longest-serving assisted living nurses, Jeanne couldn’t be happier with how it has all worked out.“I love helping people, and I love the elderly,” said Jeanne.   Read More...

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    Hard work, determination pay off for Alexandra Vielmas

    There are some people who are always content with the way things are, who never take on a challenge and who see every potential obstacle as a roadblock.And then there is Alexandra “Alex” Vielmas.Alex first came to Manor of the Plains five years ago as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) working the night shift. It was her first exposure to the world of nursing and it was during that time that one event changed her life forever.“Somebody had passed away and it really affected me...  Read More...

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