Rose MDS Coordinator/ Asst DNS
I was born and raised in a closely knit family in the Philippines. I have 5 brothers. After finishing my RN degree, I qualified as a member of a group of personnel in pioneering a small rural hospital. In 1995, I received a petition to work in California, which made me uproot myself and come to America. I worked for a few months as a nursing assistant while waiting for my RN license. Failure of my then employer to meet the stipulations in my work contract after the receipt of my RN license prompted me to move to Washington. In 1996 I began my stint as an evening nurse here at San Juan. Impressed with my work performance San Juan sponsored me for my work permit allowing me to remain in the US.
I later became a US Citizen. While working here at San Juan they have provided me with an opportunity to develop, nurture and enhance my nursing career. I believe that in everything you do, always “aim high, and do not settle for mediocrity.” I have witnessed this as a standard of care at San Juan, hence the choice to get “stuck” here. Prior to becoming the MDS Coordinator in June of this year, I was in charge of the infection control and restorative nursing.
Michael Activities Director
After being a part of the San Juan team for more than 10 years, it is not only a job; it is a daily visit with my family.
Every day I am able to spend time with someone whom I consider to be my extended family. Thinking about them during the hours I am not at work, as well as the excitement to tell them stories about my home life. My kids, pets, or an anecdote of what went on during the weekend are always present on my mind when I return on Monday.
The thought that we are able to be there for your family member, when you are not able to, makes my job that much more meaningful. Not only for me, but as well as for you, knowing your family member is in good hands while you are away.
I never thought of the idea of having a family member in a nursing home until my own mother spent time recuperating from her knee surgery. The thought of her being taken care of in that way honesty frightened me, Then I quickly realized how special, gifted, and sincere our staff is here at San Juan.
She started off with a negative attitude but with the patience of the staff and the skills of the rehab department showed, won her over in no time.
Now she is doing great and her success is due to the San Juan family. She is home and active with water aerobics. Not only did they give her health back, they gave me my mom back.
So I encourage you, without hesitation to come into our family, sit down and have a cup of coffee, and meet some of the most amazing individuals you will ever come across.
Tanya Director of Nursing
I am a RN and have been working here at San Juan for over 6 years as the MDS coordinator and have recently just transitioned to my new position as operations manager. I have worked with elderly residents since I was in high school in Idaho, where I started working as a nursing assistant. I have been married for over 25 years and have 3 biological children and have also been a foster parent. After moving to Washington in 1989 my husband and I lived in Sedro Woolley while I attended Bellingham Technical College to become an LPN. In 1995 we moved to Marysville where I later attended North Seattle Community College where I obtained my RN degree.
I have worked at several different facilities over the last 26 years and have found that working at San Juan is the most enjoyable place to work. Having the animals and children allow for spontaneous interactions with the residents and allows us to become more of a family home away from home. I continue to live in Marysville and commute to Anacortes because I truly believe this is the best place to be and plan to be here for many years to come.