Kimberly Fowler
Kimberly Fowler
VAN WERT – Kimberly Fowler, a licensed practical nurse at Van Wert Manor, is currently in the process of working towards her registered nurse degree as part of a “Bridge Program” through Northwest State’s satellite program.

Fowler was raised in the Cleveland area in a home where her heart went out to a mother who was disabled her entire childhood.

“My mother told me that when I was five years old that I wanted to become a doctor and fix her,” said Fowler.

Fowler met her husband, Andrew Jr., online and he moved to Cleveland. However, due to the illness of his father in the Van Wert area, the couple moved to Van Wert where she eventually landed the job at Van Wert Manor. Her husband is a shift lead manager at a local business.

“I love small town life; I love Van Wert. I’m really glad we moved here,” said Fowler.

Following graduation from St. Augustine Academy in Cleveland, Fowler received a Bachelor of Health Science Degree at Cleveland State University. Fowler came to Van Wert as a State’s Tested Nursing Assistant. She then received her LPN at Northwest State.

Ironically, it was Easter weekend, 2013, four years ago, when she moved to Van Wert.

“I worked at another facility for a short time, but when I came here, I knew that I had found my home. I tell everyone that I’m a ‘lifer’ here,” said Fowler. “I love the family environment here. We are all team players. We are here for each other and we try to help each other as much as we can.”

Fowler said that she and the other nurses have developed a close bonding in their home. She referred to the nursing home as the dwelling place of the patients and the nurses as those who are attached to spending time with them in their home.

“They are part of our lives. This is their home and our home away from home. We share each other’s joys and sorrows. We hold each other’s hands when we need to. One smile from a resident can brighten our day,” said Fowler.

“They can tell if something is bothering us, even though we try not to show them. They like to reach out to us and encourage us,” said Fowler. “They love it when children visit or people bring pets in to visit. It makes it more like a home for them.”

“I love nursing; I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else,” added Fowler.