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
"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.