What do you do?
Karen Gardow

Where do you work and what is your title?
       Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center. This is a Division of Youth Corrections treatment facility for adolescent males. I am a registered nurse.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I am responsible for medication administration, ordering medication, scheduling the youth for regular dental check-ups, any outside necessary appointments, updating immunizations as needed, doing lab draws as needed and training our staff on various topics.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I’ve been a nurse for 20 years. I have been at Zeb Pike since February 2001. I have lived on the Westside for more than 30 years.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       There are many things I like. Watching many of the youth make significant changes as they progress through the program. I like the fact that Zeb Pike is a small facility and we have an awesome team. I like not working weekends or holidays!
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       To see every youth that walks through our doors go on to lead a successful life that does not involve criminal activity.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       Working with adolescents, especially in this type of setting. I never thought as I was in nursing school that working with adolescents would become “my calling,” so to speak.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       For one thing, it is close to home. The Westside and Zeb Pike have a small-town community feel and I sense that I belong here.

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