While growing up in Olympia, Jensen Hartman was inspired by her mother to pursue a career caring for others.
“My mom was a nurse,” explained Hartman, who has been selected as the FirstLight Caregiver of the Month. “She is the reason I became interested in medicine. And once I began working as a caregiver, I knew I wanted to become a nurse like her. I really like being able to take care of people.”
According to Sarah Lane, owner of FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound, all of the characteristics that Hartman demonstrates as an outstanding FirstLight caregiver will also make her an outstanding nurse.
“Jensen is extremely responsible and reliable,” said Lane. Each month, Lane selects a FirstLight caregiver to acknowledge as part of their employee recognition program. “She’s also very enthusiastic about caring for others. The clients she cares for rave about how attentive and kindhearted she is. Jensen is very deserving of being our Caregiver of the Month.”
After graduating from Black Hills High School in 2014, Hartman completed training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She was recently accepted into the Nursing School at Grays Harbor Community College and will begin classes there later this month. After obtaining her degree as a Registered Nurse, Hartman plans on pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, possibly at the University of Washington.
While going to school, Hartman said she plans to continue working as a CNA caregiver for FirstLight, where she handles many of the unique one-hour bath visits offered by the leading provider of in-home care for seniors in the South Sound.
“Working as a caregiver is really good experience for me,” said Hartman, “and I love working for FirstLight and Sarah. I really like the other caregivers and Sarah cares about us. She’s fair and places us with great clients. She also has been very flexible to allow me to work around my school schedule.”
Photo, courtesy of FirstLight, features Caregiver of the Month ,Jensen Hartman.