The Tomah family builds the legacy of nursing

TOMAH, Wis. (WEAU) – Nursing continues to play an important role in healthcare, and for Linsey and Jaylin Rezin the profession belongs in family.

National Nurses Week comes to an end, honoring nurses across the country for their tireless work.

It’s a job Linsey Rezin knows all too well, as her grandmother was a registered nurse in the military.

Linsey says she was “called to be a nurse” after taking care of her grandmother in high school.

She has been a nurse for 20 years at Tomah Health, and now her daughter is following in her footsteps.

Jaylin Rezin works as a Certified Practical Nurse (CNA) at Tomah Health, a decision she made after being inspired by her mother and through experience as a patient.

“When I was a freshman in high school, I was diagnosed with POTS, which is postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome,” Jaylin detailed. “I was in the hospital a lot that year and the nurses and all the doctors helped me a lot, and they inspired me.”

Linsey adds that she never pressured Jaylin to become a nurse, but is proud that her daughter is following the same path as she is.

“I made a vow very early on that I would be organic about it and not try to get my kids to breastfeed, even though it’s been in our family, so secretly I hoped,” Linsey said. “I didn’t think Jaylin would, and I don’t know why I didn’t think so because she’s probably one of the most empathetic and compassionate young women I know.

Bringing in a generational healthcare worker like Jaylin is part of Tomah Health’s goal of strengthening its workforce through younger students.

“We have partnered with the school district where Jaylin Rezin is from, we do clinical sites for all local colleges and universities,” said Tracy Myhre, head nurse at Tomah Health. “It’s foresight to make sure that we get people in the doors, that we expose ourselves, I hope they like us and that we cultivate ours.

Although the pandemic has created new challenges for nurses, Linsey and Jaylin have key tips to follow while continuing to care for patients.

“A wise woman told me a story once, she always thought of ‘what if it was my grandmother or if it was my mother’, and I always think of my grandmother,” said Linsey. “It makes you humble and brings you back to why we are here.”

“My mom told me when I was young and I always thought you should treat people the way you want them to treat you, I use it in my personal and professional life,” Jaylin added.

National Nurses Week culminates on May 12, celebrating the birth of Florence Nightingale.

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