Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Karma Lund Employee Spotlight

Karma Lund is a true veteran to the nursing profession. She just hit her one year mark at DRA, but has “years and years” of nursing experience. Karma attended school at Washington State University, where she obtained an LPN. Since then, she has held many jobs throughout the western United States. She has experience in hospitals, home health care, clinics, offices, and public health care. Years ago, while living in Wayne County, Utah, Karma was the only medical professional for miles. She delivered babies, sutured lacerations, worked as the school nurse, and used her home as an office! She was even in charge of the ambulance, which, at that time, was little more than a glorified station wagon.

Karma has proved to have had enough experience to feel confident in her abilities. She is a take charge type of person, which comes from her 50/50 red blue personality. She is an excellent diagnostician for the students who see her.

Personally, Karma is the mother of 7 children, 27 grandchildren, and 34 great grandchildren. What a great heritage! She was born in Ephraim, Utah and has lived in many places, such as Utah, Missouri, California, and Arizona, during her lifetime. Karma lived her early married years in Washington where she raised her children. The untimely death of her husband left her to support her family on her own. Her children rave about her, saying she is a wonderful mother who worked hard to support and care for them.

Karma loves to crochet blankets, read, work in the yard, and take her two poodles on walks. She especially has lots of fun with her great grandchildren. She moved to Southern Utah because of the weather, and has been here for the last 10 years. Karma has especially enjoyed working at DRA because of the students. She is thrilled to see kids change from sick, to well adjusted, happy individuals. She said she will never tire of seeing it.

Her supervisor, Jan Bills, wrote the following comments about Karma:

Karma lives up to her primary color in that she is “true blue” in terms of loyalty and dependability. She has never been tardy and she has always been willing to go the extra mile, whether in terms of added job tasks or staying late on the spur of the moment. You will never hear her complain.

Karma brings such a broad history of nursing experience that she can offer insight into diabetes, allergies, STDs, wound care, skin conditions, ear complaints, and digestive issues. She is also responsible for taking care of our lab work and ordering supplies.

Caring, kind, and motivated to “jump right in” and take care the problem, Karma is also willing to receive direction and accept 100% accountability. I can’t think of a more ideal team player. Her personal life is a reflection, as well, of the giving and caring person that she is. She is, simply put, “good Karma!”

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