August Ambassador known as a patient advocate

August 4th, 2017

The August Reid Health Ambassador is known for being an advocate for her patients on the Reid Health Geropsychiatric unit, where she’s worked since she joined the team almost two years ago.

Diana Jenkinson

Diana Jenkinson, LPN, was described by her nominators as someone who “goes above and beyond daily. You never see her sitting down. She is willing to help all of her coworkers – just an overall amazing employee.” Another noted her dedication to patients, describing her as “a huge patient advocate.”

She was described by a coworker as always having a smile and serving at times as “the glue” that holds the team together. “I see someone who wants to give their best for every single patient.”

Jenkinson said she previously had worked in the human resources field before going to school to become a nurse. “I had always wanted to do nursing,” she said. “I absolutely love it,” she said, noting that she is rewarded in seeing her patients improve. “It’s always nice at the end of their recovery to see the difference, the way you were able to help them.”

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Jenkinson lives on a farm with her husband, Raymond, in Union City, Ohio. In her off time, she enjoys caring for her animals that include pigs, goats, cats and dogs. “The first thing I do when I get off work is put my boots on and go out to the barn,” she said.

The Jenkinsons have four children – Heather Berg of Union City, Khelsea Jenkinson of Troy, and Tyler and Cash Jenkinson of Union City; and four grandchildren. The grandchildren include Gracie Dunlap, 8; Gavin Dunlap, 7; Grayson Hickey, 3; and Shaun Jenkinson, 2. They all visit her farm frequently.

Jenkinson said her coworkers are also family. “Every day is different and I’m always learning. I love being a part of something that makes a difference. I love the people I work with, they are my family. I have had nothing but positive experiences at Reid.”