Meet Nicole Kunze
What are your professional accomplishments and credentials?
I completed my Associate’s Degree in Nursing at Gateway Technical College, graduating in 2014. I continued on with my education and obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Chamberlain University. I graduated from Chamberlain in 2016. I am BLS (Basic Life Support) certified, by the American Heart Association. I am currently enrolled to begin courses for my Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership and Executive Roles.
When did you join Regency?
How long have you been in this line of work?
I have been practicing as a Registered Nurse since 2014, however I practiced as a Licensed Practical Nurse for one year prior, and have been employed in the healthcare setting for 16 years all together. I initially started as a Certified Nursing Assistant, while I was still in high school. I spent approximately 1 year as a Registered Nurse in an intensive care unit upon graduating with my associate’s degree. From there, I was a hospice case manager and night triage nurse. I left both of those positions when I excepted the Director of Health Services position here at Regency Senior Communities.
What adjectives do people use most to describe you?
Compassionate, motivated, kind, caring, and dedicated
Describe what you do in a nutshell.
I oversee the entire health department at our New Berlin Campus. I supervise 15 – 20 personal attendants, being sure they are meeting our resident’s needs. I not only strive to meet their needs, but I strive to go above and beyond when meeting those needs. I am responsible for monitoring resident’s level of care and noting when their level of care changes. At that time I must notify their loved ones, of a change in condition, and support not only the resident but their loved ones during those transition periods.
What do you like most about your job?
Honestly, I thoroughly enjoy putting a smile on a resident’s face, getting a good laugh out of them, or just listening to a story they have to share. It is the little things in life that go a long way!
When you're not at work, where would we find you?
During the summer you would find me camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, or anything outdoors for that matter with my family. In the winter months we enjoy skiing, sledding, and cuddling up by the fire. We also love to travel and have been to numerous states and other countries. Tropical vacations are our favorite!