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HAMC nurse recognized for 50 years of nursing

August 2, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Linda Fossum, LPN was named in Dakota Nurse Connection magazine as serving the nursing profession for fifty years.

After graduating from NDSSS in Wahpeton, Fossum began her nursing career at the Johnson Clinic in Rugby. Her skills have enabled her to work in Acute Care, at Haaland Estates and currently, the Heart of America Care Center.

"Over the years I've witnessed many changes in health care. I've seen advancements in medicines, the implementation of electronic charting and dress code, just to name a few. I remember having to wear white dresses, socks, nurse shoes, and nurse's caps, pants were not allowed. I've also seen many advances in our equipment for ease and safety of the staff and patients" says Fossum.

Linda says that the best part about being nurse is "showing compassion and care toward my patients and their families and I consider it a privilege to help them. My motto has always been to treat patients as family. It is so rewarding and fulfilling to know that you have touched someone's life and made their day better."

When she was asked what advice she would give to nurses just starting their careers she said "Treat patients like they are your family, take time when they need someone to sit and listen and always smile."

Linda has recently relocated to Devils Lake but continues to work as needed in the Care Center.

- Submitted by HAMC



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