A native of Delaware, Kristy Wayson initially planned to have a career as an interior designer. But it turned out all the places she lived with her husband didn’t have schools offering that specialty. While earning a bachelor’s degree in social psychology at Park University in Missouri, she started taking science courses and found she had a knack for it.
Ultimately, that led her to a career in healthcare. For about 13 years, she has worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse at the Comprehensive Care Center.
“I like using my skills,” says Kristy, who is certified in IV and blood withdrawal. “I found myself in college. (My degree) helps me interact well with residents, especially those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.”
Kristy initially began work at the CCC in 2010 and left for a bit to teach at the LVN program at Santa Barbara Business College. She returned to the CCC in 2015 and was named Employee of the Quarter in 2016. She’s now #18 on the waitlist to begin registered nursing courses at Allan Hancock College.
At the skilled nursing facility, she said she enjoys the critical thinking it requires.
“I like the family-oriented environment,” Kristy said. “I look forward to seeing the residents every day. You can have rough days but it’s fun to come back and work. You see how the residents’ sense of humor evolves, and you build relationships with residents.”
Though she loves working at the CCC, Kristy in March will transition to the position of LVN case manager at the acute hospital. As she considers her future, she said that is a role she’d like to develop, or perhaps go into hospice and public health work.
“I can’t wait to learn something new over there,” said Kristy, who has lived in Lompoc with her husband since 2009.