Nikki Pruitt is one of the newest employees at ALPS Adult Day Services, serving there since March at the outbreak of COVID-19.
“We’ve had some challenges with our training, since ALPS could only bring so much staff back,” she said.
Pruitt has embraced the ALPS mission and it shows.
“I think it’s a wonderful place to be,” Pruitt said. “I worked in long-term care for 10 years. I love the setting here. You get so much more time with the clients. It’s a very happy place to be. It’s more fun than work.”
Pruitt, a Grainger County native, received her nursing license in September. Her ambition to become a nurse was piqued when she saw the nurses who took care of some of her family members in recent years who passed from cancer.
“I had a lot of family members who passed away from cancer and I saw a lot of good nurses and a lot of bad ones,” she said. “That just led me down this road.”
Pruitt didn’t work with medically fragile people until she came to ALPS as a student.
“Any little thing I do here makes a difference,” she said. “I saw ALPS on their Facebook page. I did my (five days of) clinicals here and really liked it. I was really excited when I got the job.”
Pruitt hopes to be employed at ALPS long term.
“You have more time for patient care here,” she said. “You don’t have as many people to take care of here. There is no stress level here. The environment is happier. This is a great place if you can keep your loved ones at home longer and use this place to help, especially with a job, to have a break or keep them out of the nursing home.”