Nurse remembers dream job at the Society

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Lynn Assimacopoulos
Lynn Assimacopoulos

Lynn Assimacopoulos didn’t realize it at the time, but being laid off from her job as a hospital staff nurse would be one of the best things that could’ve happened to her.

The year was 1990 and Lynn was looking at job ads when she noticed one for a nurse writer at the Good Samaritan Society’s National Campus. This temporary, six-week position intrigued her.

“I had never really heard much about the organization and had absolutely no experience in long-term care, yet I could not get the words ‘nurse writer’ out of my head,” says Lynn. “Nor could I even believe there was actually a job about the two things I loved the most – nursing and writing.”

Lynn began writing at the age of 6 and had wanted to be a journalist but she ended up going to nursing school instead and had worked at the Red Cross, a home health care agency and local hospital ICUs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Still, she decided to apply at the Society. And after being hired, she was elated.

“Since the very first day, I loved every minute of it,” Lynn says. “I continually prayed that they would need me to stay on permanently.”