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Home Health nurse treasures job

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.
“My job is really challenging,” Hoover, 57, said. “It has its rewards, which is seeing the progress of the patient.”
Hoover, a registered nurse, worked for two separate employers before she found her current job.
“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, even when I was a little girl,” Hoover said. “I think it’s because of the helping issue.”
Born at Cleveland County Memorial and raised in west Lincoln, Hoover grew up on a farm.
“My father was very protective of my sister and I, so we didn’t do a lot around the farm,” Hoover said. “We played out in the woods and in the creek.”
When she was 13, Hoover’s father died in a tractor accident. He was 36.
“He was building a chicken house and backed off the ledge,” Hoover said. “He had massive head injuries.”
With her father dying at such a young age, Hoover became close to her mother.
“She was my role model,” she said. “She came from a family that was loving and caring. I think that had a lot to do with my pursuing the nursing field.”
Hoover attended nursing school at Gardner-Webb University where she graduated from their two-year RN program.
“In later years I went back for the B.S.N,” 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.
“It was a little bit of everything,” 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.
“I’ve been with Home Health about 14 and-a-half years,” she said. “I enjoy the contact with patients and families and seeing a difference in someone’s life.”
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 Hoover’s work is individualized with each patient.
“I do a general assessment, like taking blood pressures,” she said. “The plan of treatment depends on the disease process and the doctor’s orders.”
Hoover sees anywhere from 25 to 40 patients each week.
“There are everyday trials,” she said. “You have good times and bad times. You work on that problem and conditions are corrected.”
Hoover enjoys spending time and getting to know each patient.
“You can allow yourself to become part of the patient’s family and develop a relationship with them,” she said.
Hoover cared for one patient for eight years before they passed away. She became very attached to the family.
“It’s like a loss in your own family, and you go through the grieving process,” Hoover said. “My faith plays an important part everyday.”
Hoover attributes her strengths to her strong faith.
“You never know how you’re going to find a patient when you walk into their home,” she said.
She continues to work for Home Health and has many hopes for its future.
“We’ll be a non-profit agency in December,” she said. “I hope all goes well. I want to continue to work as long as I can”
Today, Hoover enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting with her children and grandchildren.
“We have two little granddaughters,” she said. “They take up much of our time. We’re so active with those girls.”
Hoover recently traveled to Germany with her husband.
“My husband was stationed out there for 15 months in the ’60s. So, we lived out there,” she said. “It was a small farming village and we collected antiques. It was good to go back and reminisce.”
Hoover’s husband, Harry, is employed by Winn-Dixie’s Meat Market and enjoys restoring old farms.
“It’s a way of escaping,” Hoover said of her groomed back yard and perfectly reconstructed farms.
by Maribeth Kiser

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