Jessica Brawley’s life looks markedly different now than it did a year ago. 2016 was a year of new beginnings for Jessica: in June she accepted a promotion to quality assurance nurse at Farmington Presbyterian Manor, where she has been an LPN since 2011. In August, she married Josh Brawley. And in the fall she adopted her cousin’s teenage son.
“It’s been exciting,” Jessica said of all the changes in her world. “It was very emotional and stressful planning the wedding, but pretty much it’s just exciting.”
At work, the changes in her duties have given her a new perspective on the rules that the nursing staff follows. The job of a quality assurance nurse is to make sure everything’s running smoothly, checking policies and procedures, and ensuring they are being followed and implemented. “A lot of things make more sense now,” she said. Jessica is also the lead wound care nurse in health care and responsible for infection control.
Right out of high school in 2009, Jessica earned her CNA certification and came to work at Presbyterian Manor. She took a break to attend school, then returned to our nursing staff.
“We’re like a family here. We have a good time, and the residents are treated very well,” she said. “I just love it; I never wanted to work anywhere else. This has been my only job since high school.”
At home, Jessica and Josh’s adoption of her cousin’s 17-year-old son became official in October. He came to live with them when his parents could not adequately care for him. Already, she said, his grades have improved and he’s doing well in sports. “He just needed someone to show they care about him,” said Jessica, who is only 9 years older than he is.
Soon, the Brawley family will grow again. Jessica is preparing for at least one more new beginning later this year: she’s expecting her first child in July – and hoping for a boy.