Certified Nursing Assistant
Brighton Hospice Oregon
June 29, 2020
“Every day may not be good,
but there is something good in every day.”
What is something about you that would surprise most people?
I love working on cars, specifically Volkswagens, especially with my dad.
What is your favorite book or movie from your childhood?
My favorite movie as a child was Pocahontas.
If you could spend a day with any person, living or deceased, who would it be?
I would have to say my brother Tyler. He passed away at the age of 6 in 2003.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
What is your favorite place you’ve ever visited?
Where is your hometown?
Tell us about your family / friends / pets / hobbies / passion projects:
I have a very large family. Last time we counted a few years ago, my grandparents had around 230 grandkids, great grandkids, and great great grandkids. I have my two loving parents, and I have two sisters and one brother who passed away at the age of 6. I am engaged to my amazing fiancé. We will be getting married in 2022. I have a daughter named Paige and a niece and nephew. I have one dog, Riley. She is a border collie/Australian shepherd mix.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you bring?
Team Member Spotlight
Our mission at Brighton Hospice is to provide the best physical, emotional, and spiritual care for our patients and their families.
Achieving this important mission would be impossible without our Brighton team members. We take pride in hiring the most compassionate and skilled people in the industry who deliver clinical expertise and exceed our patients’ expectations.
Our Team Member Spotlight series is our way of highlighting those dedicated individuals who go above and beyond in their commitment to excellence. Each month, we’ll be featuring interviews here on the Brighton Blog and on our social channels.
In recognition of National Nursing Assistants Week (June 18-25), our Team Member Spotlights in June will focus on several of our Certified Nursing Assistants.
Celeste Reck, CNA
Celeste with her fiancé, Kevin, and her daughter, Paige
What inspired you to pursue a career in hospice care?
I have always wanted to go into nursing. I have been in the caregiving field for quite a long time and have worked at facilities working with different hospices. I also saw what hospice did for my Grandpa when I was younger. Working with Brighton made all the difference in care when I was working in a facility. After I got my CNA license, I reached out and wanted to know more. I knew I wanted to be part of hospice.
How did you first learn about Brighton Hospice?
I learned about Brighton while working in a facility where we had several patients on Brighton’s services.
What is your proudest moment at Brighton Hospice?
The day I was hired to work for Brighton, and knowing that I am one of the lucky people to be selected to work for Brighton.
What are the challenges about working in hospice care that you have faced or would like to shed light on?
A challenge in hospice is losing the people you grow to care very deeply for. People always ask, “How do you deal with it?” I always tell them we have an amazing team who are all there for each other. Also, it never gets easier—we just get a little stronger and we learn our ways of coping.
What are your hopes for the hospice care / healthcare industry?
My hope for hospice care is for people to see the good in hospice, and for people to give hospice a shot before it is too late. So many people think that if their loved one goes on hospice, it means they will die tomorrow, which isn’t true. We just want to make them as comfortable as possible so they can enjoy the rest of the time they do have.
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
I love to sing! I may not be that good at it, but I enjoy singing, especially to the radio while driving. I enjoy spending time with my fiancé Kevin, my daughter Paige, and my family. I really enjoy being a CNA and working for Brighton.