2004 was a significant year for Vicki Sharkey. Although she didn’t realize it at the time, it would be the year she’d begin a celebrated 15-year (and counting) career at Hoyleton.
Vicki is a Nurse Case Aid at Hoyleton, and she supports our nurses that care for 40 youth living at the residential services’ campus. She has several responsibilities in her day, but her key duties are to coordinate transportation for youth to – and – from medical appointments and to record those provider appointments to ensure youth are meeting compliance standards with the State.
She has a big responsibility, but in her tenure she’s learned a lot from her co-workers and bosses. She’s also learned important life lessons from the youth she’s supported.
“Many of our kids get a bad rap, but people need to know that with the proper support, they can be productive in life. People must take time to understand each situation. They could then learn things for their own life. I know I have learned a lot”, says Vicki.
The art of patience is one skill she’s learned and mastered in her time at Hoyleton. She faces many challenges, but she has the ability to break through the stress and focus on helping each youth uniquely – based on their personality and needs. This approach takes extra time, but everyone benefits in the long-run.
Fifteen years ago, Vicki came to Hoyleton looking for a job and the desire to work with kids. Now, she’s given so much to the organization and to others, and we can’t thank her enough for her commitment to our mission and youth.
She represents the positive attitude, desire, and compassion that we hope every team member shares in his/her work, and we’re grateful she’s on our team.
Congratulations, Vicki, on your 2018 Employee of the Year Award!