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Roshni Krishna Honors Patients in Their 'Sunset Years'

Roshni Krishna

A native of the Fiji Islands, Roshni Krishna was a kindergarten teacher there before she moved to the United States in 1996 as a new bride. As she made that big move from one country to another, she also moved from one career choice to another, going back to school to become a certified nursing assistant.

"It was a bit of an adjustment moving to the U.S., but in some ways my life is much the same as it was in Fiji," she says. "I still work at a regular job and have a fulfilling home life. The main difference is that I really prefer working in the field of medicine. I like to help patients and their families."

After working for John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, Roshni made yet another move, joining the staff of Fremont-Rideout's skilled nursing facility in Yuba City, The Fountains, when her husband was transferred from his job in the Bay Area. Because many of her patients are residents at The Fountains for long periods of time, she gets to know them well and has a strong emotional attachment to them.

"Many of our patients are elderly, and I love working with older people," she notes. "I recognize that we are all getting older, and I appreciate how hard these people worked throughout their lives. I want to honor people in their 'sunset years' and provide them with the gentle, loving care they deserve."

Outside of work, Roshni spends most of her time with her 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son, helping with their homework and after-school activities. "My own personal hobbies include swimming and travel," she says. "Every year I travel back to Fiji. I also have traveled to Canada, and I hope that soon I will be able to visit Australia and New Zealand, where I have relatives."

Roshni plans to return to school for her licensed vocational nurse certification when her children are older, but she doesn't intend to leave The Fountains, where she was recognized as a STAR performer for her outstanding patient care. "I never expected such an honor," she confesses. "I don't do my job to gain recognition - I do it because I truly love my work. Nevertheless, I was so grateful to receive this award."

How appropriate that someone who honors others should be honored, too.