Registered Nurse Krista Cubit was happy taking care of patients at Coffey County Hospital, but it wasn’t her first love.
“I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for long-term care because it is kind of the underdog of healthcare,” Cubit said. “It’s not the limelight nursing position that every new grad wants to go into, but I think serving our elders is a huge part of what our society is obligated to do.”
This passion led to a job change in February.
“Krista’s exceptional nursing skills, cooperative attitude, and commitment to elder care made her a great choice to be the new director of nursing at our long-term care unit, Sunset Manor, ” said CHS Vice President for Ancillary Services James Higgins. “Her experience in nursing home care and familiarity with CHS mean she can hit the ground running.”
Cubit was part of the hospital nursing team for two years. Before that, she worked in a nursing home for six-and-a-half years.
Two things were immediately clear to Krista when she arrived at Sunset Manor: outstanding community support of the facility and mutual love between the residents and staff.
“I was so pleasantly surprised at how involved the Waverly community is with Sunset Manor. They truly support it, and that is so wonderful to see,” she said. “I definitely want to keep that at our core.”
She was especially pleased to see that “family” is more than just a marketing ploy at Sunset Manor.
“We have a very caring staff and they truly do treat the residents like they are family. I know every (facility) markets that, but it is the real deal here. It truly is its own family unit. You can tell that there is a lot of care between the residents and staff. It definitely goes both ways.”
Krista was raised in Barnes, Kansas, and attended nursing school in Emporia. She earned her R.N. program at Neosho County Community College. She lives with her husband Amos and two children – Landon, 10, and Nora, 16 months – between Burlington and Hartford.
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