In 2021, Larissa Gilbert, then an LPN at Showalter Center in Warm Hearth Village (WHV), received a $1500 scholarship from the Warm Hearth Foundation Employee Growth & Development Fund to pursue her undergraduate studies in nursing at New River Community College (NRCC). In April she earned the NRCC President’s Award for Excellence in Nursing and this May she earned her Associates in Nursing Degree and RN License. She will now be the Clinical Coordinator at the Center which offers residential and Assisted Living.
Gilbert started working at WHV in 2015 and nursing is the only job she ever envisioned for herself. “I love working with our older population. In my new position I will work alongside the Director of Nursing doing audits, making rounds, reviewing policies and making sure we are adequately staffed and keeping our residents well cared for.” Gilbert said. “I would like to one day become a Director of Nursing in the Village. I returned to school to help make that happen,” she added.
Gilbert grew up in Narrows and now lives in Giles with her husband and five children. In her downtime she enjoys hiking and reading.