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Nurse Spotlight: Angie Nichols, Diane Hagerty and Brandy Byers

Nurse Spotlight: Angie Nichols, Diane Hagerty and Brandy Byers

As we continue to celebrate the Year of the Nurse at PMMA, we’re putting the spotlight on three nurses (and friends) who have been a part of Farmington Presbyterian Manor's staff for a combined 64 years! We’re fortunate to have these three women dedicated to our team and residents.

Angie Nichols, LPN

When did you start working at Farmington Presbyterian Manor? 

I was hired November 8, 2005. I was here for 15 years, left for 3 months and came back. I’ve worked as a nurse since 1986.

What has motivated you to work at the Presbyterian Manor for so long?

Presbyterian Manor is one of the best senior communities I’ve ever worked at and I’ve worked at several. Out of all of them, they want to make sure the residents are well taken care of. And I like that about them. When I was out for three months after foot surgery, I received benefits and they took care of me very well. The residents and their families are so sweet.

What makes PMMA special?

The people. The residents probably more than everything. And my employers are very good people.

How do you feel about the residents you care for?

They’re so sweet. I love to talk to them about their past. They have so much information they can give you as you’re talking with them. They can give you some of the most interesting stories. I once read that when an elderly person dies it’s like a library has shut down.

What advice would you give nurses who are just starting their career?

Nursing is not a job for someone who thinks it’s going to be easy. It’s not. You work a lot of long hours and you work a lot of holidays. You have to have your heart into it.

Diane Hagerty, LPN

When did you start working at Farmington Presbyterian Manor?

August 5, 1987.

What has motivated you to work at the Presbyterian Manor for so long?

I like working with residents and the staff.

What makes PMMA special?

I think we give good care to the residents. Our staff is very personable. They sit and talk with our residents and the residents like that. You don’t get that at a lot of places.

How do you feel about the residents you care for?

They’re great. They make you laugh, they make you cry. They’re human. And they can teach you a lot of things if you listen.

What advice would you give nurses who are just starting their career?

I think they need to work in a variety of areas and find where they prefer to work the best. If you work in a variety of areas, then you can find where you need to be and that’s where you’ll be the happiest.

Brandy Byers, LPN

When did you start working at Farmington Presbyterian Manor?

March 2, 2004.

What has motivated you to work at the Presbyterian Manor for so long?

I really do love working here. It’s a great place to work. We’re a good team and family oriented. I started as a CNA in 2004, I believe for 3 years, then got my CMT license and went through nursing school while working there as a CNA. They let me work weekends while in nursing school. When I was in nursing school, I thought I wanted to work in a hospital. But, when I did our rotations, I realized I really do love working with the elderly. It’s just a really great place to work.

What makes PMMA special?

All senior communities are not created equally. Presbyterian Manor is by far the best I’ve ever been in or worked in. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

How do you feel about the residents you care for?

I love them all. I really thought I might enjoy the hospital setting or working in pediatrics but after doing it I realized I really, really enjoy working with the elderly. I feel like they’re all my grandma or grandpa. I hope someone takes care of me or my family as well as we take care of our residents.

What advice would you give nurses who are just starting their career?

It’s definitely overwhelming at first, but it is so rewarding. You learn something new every day. The nursing field is changing, it’s always evolving. And it’s exciting.


The World Health Organization designated 2020 as “the year of the nurse.” This observation coincides with the 200th birth anniversary of revolutionary nurse Florence Nightingale, whose leadership forever elevated the nursing profession. Throughout the year, PMMA communities will shine a spotlight on nurses as part of this global recognition. You can share your nurse story by sending an email to [email protected]

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