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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 t
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.