Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) Chooses Lexington Health Network Nurse for Prestigious Scholarship Award. Carmin Bustos, Overnight Supervisor at Lexington of La Grange, is one of only two statewide recipients.
For Carmin Bustos, Registered Nurse and Overnight Supervisor, long-term care is a family affair. Before Carmin began her career at Lexington Health Network, her mother, Marcela, had a position in the culinary department. Carmin remembers visiting her mother at Lexington of La Grange – and now Carmin cares for patients and residents in that very building.
Carmin recently received the exciting news that as a result of her dedication to senior healthcare, she was awarded the Illinois Health Care Association’s Long Term Care Nurses Association (LTCNA) scholarship for those wishing to advance their nursing education. Lexington of La Grange’s Human Resources Department brought the scholarship opportunity to team members’ attention, and Carmin immediately applied.
Carmin, who began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.) in 2009 after enrolling in Proviso West High School’s C.N.A. program, went on to become a registered nurse. In 2019, she was promoted to overnight supervisor. And now, more than a decade after beginning her career – and throughout the challenges of a global pandemic – Carmin remains steadfast in her commitment and compassionate approach to caring for seniors.
“Our patients and residents are like my own grandparents,” Carmin says. “I enjoy spending time with them, conversing with them. It really feels like we’re all family here.”
Carmin says that she is grateful for Lexington’s recognition and opportunities to advance her career. She will apply the LTCNA scholarship to her bachelor’s degree education, already in progress.
“The more knowledge you have, the more doors open up to you. Your life becomes limitless. I talk to my daughter about the importance of education, especially in a profession that is so meaningful.”
Carmin is not only a role model for her daughter, but also for her co-workers, as pointed out by Lexington of La Grange administrator, Bonny Mundt.
“Carmin is the exemplary employee everyone dreams of having in their organization. We are so proud of her achievements, and I believe her story will inspire others to follow their dreams.”
Congratulations, Carmin, on your scholarship award! We appreciate Carmin and all our Lexington Health Network healthcare heroes!
(Photo: Carmin (center) taken at May 2019 Registered Nurse Graduation/Pinning Ceremony)