FULTON – By the time she was a senior majoring in biology at Nazareth College, Margaret (Peg) Kolenda realized working with Petri dishes wasn’t what she wanted to do as a career.
And after taking on a job as a nursing assistant at a nursing home in the Rochester area, she found her passion.
“I enjoyed caring for the residents so much, they were like my family. I thought that working with others in healthcare might be more my style, and I could still use my science education,” said Kolenda.
So Kolenda enrolled in nursing school at the University of Rochester, while continuing to work in the nursing home. After completing her first year of nursing school, she was hired as an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse).
Now, with thirty years of experience as a healthcare professional, much of her time spent in the acute care setting, Kolenda has found her way back to the specialty that led her into a nursing career, working in long-term care.
Kolenda, a Registered Nurse, was recently appointed Nurse Manager at Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton.
“Working in long term healthcare was always my goal,” added Kolenda, “But after graduating from nursing school I found a Registered Nursing position with Lee Memorial Hospital and worked in the Intensive Care Unit for the next twenty-five years, but never lost the desire to return to a job that would allow me to work primarily with the elderly.”
As a BOCES clinical nursing instructor for the last four years, Kolenda had the opportunity to observe students at Michaud and spent several clinical rotations at affiliate St. Luke Health Services in Oswego.
“I was aware of the wonderful reputation of both facilities and wanted to be part of it,” said Kolenda.
Melinda Ford-Prior, Michaud’s Director of Nursing is pleased to be able to bring someone with Kolenda’s background to Michaud. “Clearly, we are excited to welcome someone with Peg’s extensive nursing and leadership experience,” said Ford-Prior. “Our staff and residents will benefit from having such a caring and dedicated healthcare professional as part of our leadership team.”
As a Nurse Manager, Kolenda oversees the planning, and directs all phases of resident care. About starting in her new position at Michaud, Kolenda noted, “I was warmly welcomed and immediately made to feel a part of the team. Everyone works together, is flexible and it is clear our residents are the focus.”
Michaud Residential Health Services is a not-for-profit healthcare provider located at 453 Park St. in Fulton. Michaud is part of the St. Luke Family of Caring which includes affiliates St. Luke Health Services and Bishop’s Commons Assistive Living Residence in Oswego. Together they provide care and services for over 350 residents, and together employ over 470. Visit us on the web at www.michaudhs.com