West Lincoln resident Ann Hoover enjoys her career at the Home Health Agency in Lincolnton. It allows her to lend her time and skills to help people.
â€œMy job is really challenging,â€ Hoover, 57, said. â€œIt has its rewards, which is seeing the progress of the patient.â€
Hoover, a registered nurse, worked for two separate employers before she found her current job.
â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to be a nurse, even when I was a little girl,â€ Hoover said. â€œI think itâ€™s because of the helping issue.â€
Born at Cleveland County Memorial and raised in west Lincoln, Hoover grew up on a farm.
â€œMy father was very protective of my sister and I, so we didnâ€™t do a lot around the farm,â€ Hoover said. â€œWe played out in the woods and in the creek.â€
When she was 13, Hooverâ€™s father died in a tractor accident. He was 36.
â€œHe was building a chicken house and backed off the ledge,â€ Hoover said. â€œHe had massive head injuries.â€
With her father dying at such a young age, Hoover became close to her mother.
â€œShe was my role model,â€ she said. â€œShe came from a family that was loving and caring. I think that had a lot to do with my pursuing the nursing field.â€
Hoover attended nursing school at Gardner-Webb University where she graduated from their two-year RN program.
â€œIn later years I went back for the B.S.N,â€ Hoover said.
After graduating, Hoover took her first job in Lincolnton. She was a plant nurse at Cochrane Furniture Company in Lincolnton.
While at Cochrane, Hoover gave physicals, hearing and vision screenings, flu shots and first aid.
â€œIt was a little bit of everything,â€ she said.
She then took her second job as a school nurse, working for seven schools in Lincoln County. She performed health screenings, vision screenings, counseling and immunizations.
After Lincoln County Schools, Hoover began working for Home Health and continues to enjoy what she does best.
â€œIâ€™ve been with Home Health about 14 and-a-half years,â€ she said. â€œI enjoy the contact with patients and families and seeing a difference in someoneâ€™s life.â€
Working for Home Health, Hoover makes home visits and tends to the needs of the patients. She works mainly for the western part of the county and the city, she said.
The majority of Hooverâ€™s work is individualized with each patient.
â€œI do a general assessment, like taking blood pressures,â€ she said. â€œThe plan of treatment depends on the disease process and the doctorâ€™s orders.â€
Hoover sees anywhere from 25 to 40 patients each week.
â€œThere are everyday trials,â€ she said. â€œYou have good times and bad times. You work on that problem and conditions are corrected.â€
Hoover enjoys spending time and getting to know each patient.
â€œYou can allow yourself to become part of the patientâ€™s family and develop a relationship with them,â€ she said.
Hoover cared for one patient for eight years before they passed away. She became very attached to the family.
â€œItâ€™s like a loss in your own family, and you go through the grieving process,â€ Hoover said. â€œMy faith plays an important part everyday.â€
Hoover attributes her strengths to her strong faith.
â€œYou never know how youâ€™re going to find a patient when you walk into their home,â€ she said.
She continues to work for Home Health and has many hopes for its future.
â€œWeâ€™ll be a non-profit agency in December,â€ she said. â€œI hope all goes well. I want to continue to work as long as I canâ€
Today, Hoover enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting with her children and grandchildren.
â€œWe have two little granddaughters,â€ she said. â€œThey take up much of our time. Weâ€™re so active with those girls.â€
Hoover recently traveled to Germany with her husband.
â€œMy husband was stationed out there for 15 months in the â€™60s. So, we lived out there,â€ she said. â€œIt was a small farming village and we collected antiques. It was good to go back and reminisce.â€
Hooverâ€™s husband, Harry, is employed by Winn-Dixieâ€™s Meat Market and enjoys restoring old farms.
â€œItâ€™s a way of escaping,â€ Hoover said of her groomed back yard and perfectly reconstructed farms.
by Maribeth Kiser