The Hearts and Soles of Healthcare

May 6, 2024

It’s Nurse’s Week, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to honor the heartfelt contributions we see every day from the caring hands of our nurses! They offer our amazing residents kindness, compassion, and healing every day while putting miles of steps beneath their feet. Saying that we’re grateful is an understatement. In truth, we couldn’t do it without them!

We’re using Nurse’s Week 2024 to praise our fantastic staff and highlight the opportunities available for nurses who choose to work in senior living with us at Edgewood. There continues to be a strong need for nurses, and that trend is rising each day.

To help meet the rising need for more nurses, Edgewood offers incentives from time to time, such as educational reimbursement programs that can help personal care staff and nurses further their education. This opportunity allows the staff to continue to become more specialized while Edgewood helps with the costs associated with those courses.


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A Journey into Healthcare


Some folks choose nursing because it’s their true calling, or for some, it’s a family affair. For Monica Lund, it was both! Monica is one of the nurses who has utilized Edgewood’s employee education grant program to further her education. Before coming to Edgewood, she found great joy in caregiving. For 14 years, Monica worked at her in-home daycare.

She wanted to continue growing as a caregiver, so she started working as a PCA or personal care assistant at Edgewood in Blaine, MN. It didn’t take long before she wanted to make an upward shift.

She took advantage of the opportunity to complete Edgewood’s reimbursable CNA course. Monica took the course and became a CNA with us, and that motivated her to keep going further…

Once grant funding was available to advance her education, she enrolled in the LPN program at Anoka Technical College. With the available reimbursement opportunity from Edgewood and state and federal resources, Monica earned her LPN degree without incurring any out-of-pocket costs!


“Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses… we must be learning all of our lives.” Florence Nightingale

Monica has continued utilizing Edgewood’s educational grant funding opportunity to advance her education and career—she’s studying to become a registered nurse as we speak!

Helping others and growing as a caregiver and professional nurse was a total win for Monica, and that comes as no surprise because nursing runs in her blood. Her mom has been a nurse her whole career and is currently the director of nursing at a healthcare facility. When Monica was young, she accompanied her mom to work, where she enjoyed playing board games and cards with the residents.


There’s Always Room for More!

The need for nurses continues to grow, and we hope that programs like reimbursement and educational grants will continue to fill these important roles. It’s our honor to help staff reach their goals while they continue to support the residents who call Edgewood home.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the contributions of the folks you know this Nurse’s Week. If you or someone you know is an excellent candidate to work in a fantastic environment with opportunities for advancement and additional education, check out our open positions by clicking here.  Happy Nurse’s Week to all of our heroes in scrubs!




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