William Penn Warriors
Employee’s artwork lifts spirits at local nursing home
LEWISTOWN — A certified nursing assistant at William Penn Nursing Home in Lewistown has used her art skills to bring happiness to the facility that has had to change to deal with the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
Katelyn Conner, a 27-year-old mother of two who is engaged to her fiance Tyson, decided to depict a nurse alongside other well-known superheroes.
Below, she tells her story:
“I have been blessed to work as a CNA at William Penn Nursing Home for the past four years and counting. Becoming a CNA has been an important role by being part of helping those who are unable to care for themselves. Working as a CNA has been a fulfilling role of the community.
“Because of my love for my job, I will be starting the Nursing Program in March of 2021. The pandemic of COVID-19 has hit hard and taken many of our beloved residents as has in many of the other nursing home facilities and our local hospital. It has also affected our staff as well. We have fought long and hard to overcome such a tragic virus that has taken many of our beloved residents. It is though, with pleasure to say that our facility is thriving and we can now see smiles on our residents faces again.
“With that being said, one of my coworkers asked me to draw this picture for our facility. Without even thinking about it, I said yes. The drawing took four days to complete. I had stayed up until 2 a.m. one evening working on this. I had an overwhelming feeling come over me. I just thought of the lives that have already been taken due to COVID-19.
“Everyone has been a fighter and everyone is a hero. Our staff and residents are all called William Penn Warriors and continue fighting.
“The drawing is dedicated to my coworkers and the residents and all the countless lives that have been taken due to the pandemic.
“I am very proud to be a part of the health care field and the community.”