Our DSP this week is Megan, and she has worked as a DSP at our Kennelly home since she started at Living Well almost 12 years ago. Over time she saw that there was a need for more nurses on staff, so she started taking nursing classes. In 2021 she received her LPN certification and now she also works as a nurse at our Mears home. We are lucky to have her on board for many reasons, but at the top of the list is that she is an incredible human who sees what people need to feel supported and makes it happen.

Megan and her family

Aaron Oden, Program Manager at Kennelly, has worked with Megan the entire time she has been employed with Living Well. When she became a nurse, the DSP work was still meaningful to her, so she made sure to keep a weekly shift at Kennelly to keep her relationships with people at the home strong. Arron appreciates her energy and laughter and considers humor essential, almost a job requirement. Aaron says, “Megan’s sense of humor keeps people happy. There is always laughter in the home, and she always lightens the mood.” Megan fits beautifully into the home and brings joy with her to work every day. Over the years she has built many incredible relationships with the staff and people she supports, it’s no wonder she stays on at Kennelly.

Carrie Jensen, Program manager at Mears, says, “Megan truly cares, and the support she provides is so thorough. She wants the very best health for everyone and is so caring and loving that the people can feel it. It is amazing to see how people respond to her when she is caring for them. There is a warmness to Megan, and it is obvious that she loves what she does. Even feeding them during a meal is done with kindness and laughter. The people LOVE her.”

Megan, you are appreciated beyond measure. We adore your easy laugh and sly smirk. The work you do is so important, and you do it beautifully. Thank you for making a career out of caring.

 

 

ABOUT MEGAN

Number of years/months with Living Well: 11 years and 9 months

Hobbies: I like working on puzzles, going on hikes and walks with my dog, music, and photography.

Education: I have an AS in Recording Arts, then received my LPN in January of 2021.

Job Experience/History: When I lived in Florida, I worked for two years in film doing commercials, and spent 10 years in local news with NBC and ABC. I’ve been at Living Well close to 12 years now.

Favorite part of the job: Bonding with people served and seeing them thrive, doing something fulfilling, being needed and feeling necessary.

Favorite or craziest work story: There are so many moments to love about my almost 12 years at Living Well, but I cherish when the people I serve will tell me they love me, or simply smile at my crazy antics. There is something very sacred and fulfilling in earning the trust of someone who is vulnerable.

What is your motivation for coming to work: Feeling fulfilled in my work keeps me motivated to continue showing up every day.

What made you apply: I just moved to Minnesota from Florida and was referred to Living Well, not intending to stay … I “just needed a job,” but, man, how it changed me.

What makes you stay: Loyalty and genuine investment in the lives of those I work with.

What would you tell people interested in joining the team: It’s not for everyone, but if you truly get what it means to do this work, you’ll never leave.

When not at work what do you like to do for fun: I typically enjoy a lot of my time off with my two best friends and our families. I love to be outside walking, hiking and gardening.

 

 

 

Want to nominate a DSP? Please email jessica.maurer@livingwell.org to nominate a Living Well DSP. Special thanks to Miles and Cheri Cohen for their support of DSP of Week. Want to join them in underwriting our DSP Shoutout Program? Please contact Devan Heinsen for sponsorship opportunities.