When Ashley Black graduated from nursing school at the University of Southern Maine, she was positive she was going to pursue a career in labor and delivery.
Fast-forward to summer 2019, and she’s celebrating 10 years as a registered nurse at Maine Veterans’ Homes - Scarborough.
“It feels like home,” she said as she made her way through the Home’s skilled nursing unit.
Honoring Veterans at Maine Veterans’ Homes
While Black didn’t expect to stay at Maine Veterans’ Homes at the beginning of her career, she’s happy she did.
“I couldn’t ask for better residents,” she said. One aspect of the job she calls a “privilege” is when veterans decide to share a story with her about their service.
“They’re very humble,” she added. “To be able to give back to them is an honor.”
Working at Maine Veterans’ Homes
Black is now board-certified in geriatrics and has climbed the ladder from working part-time night shifts to being the assistant nurse manager of her unit.
MVH Scarborough offers long term and short term skilled nursing care, memory, and rehabilitative care and therapy services. It also offers assisted living residential care for those in the early stages of dementia.
“Maine Veterans’ Homes isn’t your typical nursing home,” she said, adding that every day is different in her role as an RN.
Two Maine Veterans’ Homes have received the National Gold Quality Award for Achievement in Quality by the American Health Care Association. They’re the only nursing homes in Maine to have done so.
Though Black’s role has changed in the decade she’s been at MVH, one part of the job she likes most is working closely with residents’ families on care plans and education.
Black said another positive aspect of the environment at Maine Veterans’ Homes is its flexibility: One colleague brought her four-month-old daughter to the Home on a recent shift.
“Our residents just love that,” Black said.
A Long Term Career at MVH
Many of Black’s adult milestones have occurred as part of the MVH family – marriage, homeownership, children – and celebrated with colleagues who have become friends.
Black drives nearly an hour to get to work each day, something those outside of MVH have inquired about.
“’Why don’t you find a job closer to home?’ people will ask me,” Black said. “It’s worth it to be able to work with our veterans.”
Where does Black see herself in another 10 years?
There’s no doubt she wants to remain at Maine Veterans’ Homes, grow in her career and help others flourish in the field of health care.
We’re Hiring at Maine Veterans’ Homes
Maine’s Veterans’ Homes has six locations throughout Maine – Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Machias, Scarborough and South Paris – and cares for about 600 veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents daily.
We offer tuition reimbursement and training programs for students. Are you interested in employment at Maine Veterans’ Homes?
Learn more about working here and see how you could be a part of the MVH family.