Nebraska nurse a third-generation ‘Good Samaritan’

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A third-generation “Good Samaritan,” Abby Stukenholtz, RN, BSN, is living out her calling with the Society in Auburn, Nebraska.

“Good Sam has been my whole life,” Abby says. “I enjoy caring for people. I love trying to help make people better even if it’s just with a smile.”

Today, the nurse of 23 years is flanked by her mom, Linda Nies, at the Good Samaritan Society – Auburn assisted living.

“We were taking (Abby) to the nursing home when she was like 15 months old. All the nursing home people, of course, they loved that little girl,” Linda says.

Residents still do.

“They’re very caring,” assisted living resident Helen Moody, a family friend, says. “Very caring and dedicated.”

A home health nursing supervisor, Abby oversees seven nurses covering eight counties.

“Good Sam is kind of taking over southeast Nebraska here with home health,” Abby says. “And we’re hiring five more. We’ve got a large crew taking care of lots of people.”

Losing her father was ‘devastating’

Darrold Nies, Abby’s dad, actually started the home health operation in this community. “He was very big and lively, full of life,” Abby says.