Employee Spotlight: Olivia Blackburn, RN, A.G. RhodesEmployee Spotlight: Olivia Blackburn, RN, A.G. Rhodes

“To whom much is given, much is required.”

Olivia Blackburn, the newly promoted Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) at A.G. Rhodes Wesley Woods, quoted this Bible scripture from Luke 12:48 as a guiding principle in her life. Olivia says that even in the most challenging times, she knows she can handle it because her focus is on the residents and employees she serves.

“I love to help and reach as many individuals as I can, whether it’s a resident or employee,” she said. “The care must be provided, and the job has to be done. I feel I have the skills to get it done.”

Administrator Greg Heath agrees.

“Olivia is a person you can depend on,” Greg said. “Not only that, but she serves with compassion and understanding, and she sets an example for her fellow care partners. She’s a natural leader.”

Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) in May, Olivia was a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and she says that the leadership at A.G. Rhodes has been instrumental in supporting her career growth. In fact, she is planning to start a master’s degree program in leadership and administration next month.

“They are providing me with the tools and resources I need to be successful,” she said.

Similarly, Olivia says she knows how important it is to support her team members whenever and wherever needed, and to encourage their professional growth.

“I love the fact that I can lead by example and help other people to grow.”

Olivia also says it’s important to show the staff how much they are appreciated, especially the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).

“I’m the number one advocate for CNAs. You should see how hard they work. Without them we wouldn’t be successful,” she said. “A thank you goes a long way. I go out of my way to show appreciation and acknowledge when someone has gone above and beyond, even when they didn’t think anyone noticed.”

One of the most rewarding parts of her job, Olivia says, is that she can assure residents—and their families—that they are receiving exceptional care from people they can trust.

“One of the most important things is that they trust me,” she said. “When they see me, they feel safe. I tell them, ‘This is your home. It’s ok for you to express if you have concerns.’”

Olivia added, “I love coming to work, and that’s why it’s not hard for me to get up every day. I know I’m really appreciated.”

 When Olivia isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her five children, which includes attending Georgia Tech college football games to watch her eldest son play on the team.

December 2022