Rhonda Tomlinson is a special nurse who is among the best in the Wiregrass. She has worked both at the Enterprise Nursing Home and at Enterprise Medical Clinic. While many nurses have come and gone throughout the years in both facilities, Rhonda has spread her love to each and every one of her patients, even when caring for them is challenging.
Rhonda tries to please everyone and has shed tears when she could not satisfy the most unpleasing of patients. Yet she receives little recognition. On a daily basis she is the first nurse on the job and often the last one to leave work each day. She does not look for any recognition or praise for quietly going about her duties. Many nurses say Rhonda spoils her patients by accepting calls from them and calling them back every time they have a question. If a patient leaves a message on Rhonda’s phone, they will be called back. Sometimes she has to be pulled off the phone so she can leave work for the day.
What Rhonda does is not dramatic; it is the everyday care she provides her patients which is exemplary. She truly cares for each and every patient. As a phone nurse she gets approximately 100 calls each day. It would be easy to get frustrated or bored but Rhonda has elevated her position to a ministry. Older patients don’t understand all the technology involved in today’s medicine. Rhonda patiently explains everything. She calls each patient after sending a prescription to be sure they know when to pick up their medications and where.
Patients send her flowers and bring her chocolates and notes thanking her for her tender care. She is a model employee and has a work ethic to be admired.