Article compliments of SALPN Council
Marlene Cleveland’s nursing career began in 1978. She says her thirty-two years have been nothing short of enjoyable. Marlene works as an LPN in the Sun Country Health Region and has spent most of her working years in long term care, but has obtained a variety of experience in a multitude of areas such as acute care, integrated care and home care. Marlene is also an instructor in the PART program. During a phone call from Marlene to the SALPN office her fantastic approach towards the profession and positive attitude regarding continuing education was noted and prompted this article.
Marlene has been a wife to her husband Laural for thirty-two years, has raised three children and is currently enjoying five grandchildren. They make there home in Bengough, Saskatchewan. Marlene’s mother graduated from the nursing program at the Grey Nun’s Hospital almost thirty years to the day of Marlene’s graduation. Her mother inspired her to enter the nursing profession and continue a family tradition. A tradition Marlene’s daughter has also continued with her work as a continuing care aide.
Marlene describes a very fulfilling career and say she simply enjoys and is passionate about nursing. Marlene’s manager has described her as “extremely enthusiastic” and “Bright and cheery. The residents look forward to her arrival.” Marlene has found great joy in the people she has met throughout her career and the various types of care she has participated in.
When asked to provide thoughts for new and upcoming LPN’s Marlene said, “Congratulations for entering health care. Follow your heart and follow your dreams. Don’t lose sight of why you entered nursing.”
On behalf of the SALPN council, staff and membership, we would like to thank Marlene for the inspiration she provides to fellow LPN’s and we wish her all the best for the remainder of her practicing years.