Gwen Jones spent nearly two decades as a nurse, mostly in long-term care facilities. For her, it was not just a job, but a calling. “I’ve always felt the need to help people, to do something positive in the world,” she says. “And I’ve always had a special place in my heart for seniors.” Which is why, as a nurse, she found it difficult to watch some administrators do things that did not always serve the best interests of residents. So, Gwen decided to go back to school so she herself could become an administrator.
“Everyone was so supportive, lots of one-on-one attention, and it was a real family-like atmosphere. That made it a lot easier to work fulltime while going to school fulltime.”– Greenville Healthcare Administration Student Gwen Jones
After considering her options, Gwen enrolled at ECPI University’s Greenville, South Carolina campus and began working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. After a full day working as a nurse, Gwen would arrive at school at 5:30 pm and would remain in class until 10:30 pm. “It was challenging, but from the moment I stepped on campus, I could tell that this was the right place for me,” she says. “Everyone was so supportive, lots of one-on-one attention, and it was a real family-like atmosphere. That made it a lot easier to work fulltime while going to school fulltime.”
Gwen kept up the hard work and earned her degree in 2.5 years. What’s more, she used her student vouchers to earn professional certifications at a fraction of what they would cost otherwise. With her profession’s two most sought after certifications, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Community Residential Care Facility Administrator, Gwen was offered the position of Executive Director of Greenville Glen Assisted Living.
While she is still settling into the job, Gwen says she feels right at home, which is exactly how she wants every resident and staff member to feel as well. Having just earned her degree and professional certifications, she has a great appreciation for education and its transformative powers. For that reason, staff training and continuing education will be a top priority. She knows that compassion is something that cannot be taught, but the ability to act on that compassion by providing high-quality care can be.