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Leading


Bob Speelman and Krista Sanders

October 25, 2022
Krista Sanders has been a Nursing Assistant for five years. Krista works at Johnstown Pointe, our nursing and rehabilitation center in Johnstown, Ohio.

I had the honor of working alongside Krista the other day and could not have been more impressed. Krista has a strong bond with her residents and a compassion for them and their situation.

As we worked throughout the day, I asked some of the residents what makes Krista such a good caregiver. The responses I got were, “She always goes the extra mile.", “She is so positive and encouraging.” and “She’s just the best! Hands down, she is just a good person.”

I asked Krista where she thought this natural ability to care for others came from, and she said, “Well my Mom is a Nursing Assistant at Country View of Sunbury (one of our other facilities in Sunbury, Ohio), and my Grandmother is a Nursing Assistant in Delaware, Ohio, so it’s just something that runs in our family.” I asked Krista if she remembered anything her mother and Grandmother told her about being a Nursing Assistant that stuck with her.


Kimberly Keener and Krista Sanders

Krista told me that her mom has always been very particular about her residents' beds, making sure they are clean and neatly made every morning. She said this trait was instilled in her as well. Krista smiled and said, “at Country View of Sunbury, during Nursing Assistant Week they had a contest on which Nursing Assistant could make the best bed blindfolded, and my mom won.”


Linda Sutton and Krista Sanders

Krista said the one thing my grandmother always told me is to make sure to put lotion and plenty of it on your residents' skin, especially their feet. Krista said that is something she does to this day.

Krista said that they both always said to treat your residents like you were caring for one of us. Love and care for them like family. Krista said, “I try and do that to the best of my ability every day. I love my relationship with my residents; it is fulfilling to be able to provide them with the care they deserve.”

Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you—not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.


- Simon Sinek


Krista is a leader. She comes from a family of leaders. I would gladly follow her and did so the other day. She leads from the heart and by example. We are lucky to have leaders like her throughout our Foundations Family and I am reminded of this every day.

Bob Speelman, STNA

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