For some, a job is a job. But for others, it's a calling - a chance to serve people and bring joy to their lives. Often times, it's done without fanfare or appreciation, but still done faithfully, professionally and without grandiosity.
Such is the case with Nicole Behrens, the new administrator at Sunnycrest Nursing Center. After serving as assistant administrator at Winterset last year, she took on the task of stepping up into a leadership role here in Dysart when offered the Sunnycrest position.
In talking with Behrens, one of the things that becomes apparent is her dedication and commitment to her job.
"It's all about the residents here," Behrens said. "Some days can be difficult, but we're here to serve them."
And as with others whose devotion to what they do makes them successful, Behrens is a true believer in being involved in every aspect of running things at Sunnycrest. In her line of work, that sometimes means dealing with the difficulty of death. But there's also a more uplifting and rewarding side of the job.
"It can be heartbreaking when you lose a resident," Behrens said. "But it is also joyous when you see someone who has had a successful rehabilitation and can go home to their family."
When she's not hard at work, Behrens enjoys spending time with her husband, Kurt, their three children, Zachary, Jesiah and Katelyn, and the family dog, Coco. The family stayed behind in Knoxville to allow their oldest child to graduate, and will be moving to join Nicole in Dysart in June.
Behrens is a collector of Coca-Cola merchandise, some of which adorns her office. She is also a movie buff, an avid basketball fan and a supporter of breast cancer awareness.