“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” —Eighteenth-century poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Rose Atkins has always found von Goethe’s famous quote inspiring. The message—more recently attributed to film actor Bruce Lee—motivates Rose to go above and beyond in serving Sunset Village’s residents and their families. Her much-more-than-enough efforts have earned Rose the Sunset Village 2018 Nurse of the Year award.
“We give Nurse of the Year honors to individuals who exceed expectations in delivering great customer service, providing prompt and efficient attention, and communicating with our residents’ families,” says Vicky Bartlett, president and CEO of Sunset Communities. “Rose Atkins exemplifies all those qualities, and we’re excited to recognize her efforts.”
Rose joined Sunset Village in February, 2017, as a licensed practical nurse. Her role involves providing assisted-living services to residents.
“I help Elders receive the level of care necessary to enjoy their daily lives,” explains Rose.
Rose was born in Angeles City in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines. When she was ten years old, her family moved to Marysville, California, just outside Sacramento. She attended elementary and high school in California, and earned her nursing degree at Owens Community College.
“When I was younger, I often wondered how useful some school classes would be,” recalls Rose. “Now, of course, I realize that we really do use everything we learn in school—and just how important education is throughout our lives.”
When she’s not working, Rose enjoys reading, traveling, and attempting craft projects. Friends tell her that she’s a really good cook. She roots for The Ohio State Buckeyes football team. And she hopes to take up gardening one day.
Rose likes watching movies—especially those in which the good characters win out over the bad ones. Her mood determines which type of music she listens to (never country!), and her current playlist includes Bruno Mars on repeat. Rose would like to assure readers that she’s not as mean as she might appear to be. “I can be really shy whenever I’m in the spotlight,” she explains.
She also wants to express gratitude to Sunset’s management team for naming her Nurse of the Year at Sunset Village.
“Upper management truly cares about the individuals who live at Sunset Village,” says Rose. “They recognize Elders as more than just names. They acknowledge the personalities and stories behind the faces. And that’s one of the many reasons I feel honored to work here.”
“Rose has been a great addition to our nursing staff,” says Christine Blackmore, Sunset Village’s executive director. “Residents, their families, and her coworkers all respond well to Rose, and we are delighted to have her as part of the Sunset team.”
As von Goethe proclaimed, knowledge and willingness are futile without action. Rose Atkins is proof that effort, willingly applied, can make a big difference in the lives of others.