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Haywood County Cares — Roberta Harverson

Roberta Harverson started her nursing career as a CNA. After completing her LPN at AB-Tech, she began working at Autumn Care of Waynesville in 1992. In 1998, she became a Registered Nurse but continued to stay at Autumn Care, since it has always felt like home to her.

Over the years, she has held several positions in the facility. Currently, she is the assistant director of nursing, staff development, and infection control nurse. She said she and her staff have taken care of many people over the years and are now caring for some of their family members.

“I feel honored that they have trusted us. We have a great team here. I have seen a lot of changes in healthcare over time but nothing has compared to COVID-19. It is scary but sad times. My heart breaks for the residents and families that cannot be together during this. We are doing everything we can to protect our residents. We are doing our best to make their surroundings as near to normal as possible. I feel that each day that passes we are moving one step closer to the finish line,” said Harverson.

“During this pandemic, Roberta has gone above and beyond with our preparations working 70+ hours weekly. Even when she goes home for the night she is making contacts and finding PPE to make sure that Autumn Care of Waynesville was never in a position that we wouldn't have what we need to protect our staff and residents. She is the definition of what a nurse should be,” said David Woodlief, administrator.

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