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By Echo Menges
New Knox County Nursing Home Administrator Katlind Murry has become licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator and her job title changed from interim to official in October.
Besides spending countless hours and late nights at the nursing home whenever needed, Murry has been among the newest members of the Knox County Rotary Club and Knox County Chamber of Commerce representing the nursing home. She has already spent plenty of time volunteering at events, with service projects, and promoting the nursing home.
The Edina Sentinel conducted a question and answer interview with Murry to help the community get to know her better, although, she has been quite visible and active since being welcomed to the KCNH earlier this year.
Question and Answer Interview with Katlind Murry
Q: What is your name?
A: My full name is Katlind Elizabeth Murry. My maiden name is Raney.
Q: How old are you?
A: I am 32 years old.
Q: Where do you live?
A: In the amazing town of Edina, MO.
Q: Who is your husband?
A: His name is Colebie Murry, an Edina resident for the majority of his life.
Q: How many children and ages?
A: Two beautiful children – Aubree, age 8, and Alexander, age 6.
Q: High School and graduation year?
A: I grew up in Palmyra, MO, and graduated from Palmyra High School in 2008.
A: I started my college career at Maryville University in St. Louis for the first two years. Then transferred to Culver Stockton College in Canton, MO for one year, and finished at John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL. I then started my career as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Q: What day did you start at the KCNH?
A: I started on July 11th, 2022, to be exact!
Q: When did you receive your Administrator’s License?
A: I was officially given my LNHA (Licensed Nursing Home Administrator) License on October 19, 2022.
Q: When did you officially become the Administrator?
A: I was considered the interim Administrator until October 19. As of October 19, I was considered the full time Administrator with official licensure!
Q: Why did you go into the health care field?
A: I have always had a passion for helping people. I have always desired to make residents/patients’ lives better just by simply being in it. Whether that be by being their nurse that helps them through a difficult diagnosis or their Administrator that listens and lends a hand through a tough time. I want to make a difference in people’s lives and leave a good impression, one that they will never forget. I am a very positive, outgoing person and try to always remain that way. Life is too short not to be.
Q: What is your favorite part about being the Administrator at the KCNH?
A: In every position I have ever held over the last 10 years, I have always felt the desire to do more. That I wasn’t doing everything I was capable of, that I needed to continue to set my bar higher to achieve all that I wanted to in life. I saw this position posted on the KCNH Facebook page and was told by two people close to me about it, all within the same five hours. I felt like there was a reason, that it was meant to be. I looked into it, submitted a resume and thought, why not give it a try. This could be huge for me to further my education, take care of the elderly- who I absolutely love, be a part of an AMAZING facility right here in the town I live in, and represent Knox County as a whole. When I was offered the position, I cannot put into words my excitement I felt getting that phone call. I truly feel that this is where I am supposed to be. I love coming to work every day and making a difference in the Residents lives that call KCNH home and the Employees that dedicate their time and energy to KCNH daily. To answer the original question, I love so many things about my job here, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be creating a fun, loving, family-like atmosphere here at KCNH for the Residents and Employees to enjoy. Seeing their smiles and hearing the laughter during all the fun activities and events on a day-to-day basis is truly what it’s about. We are a family here at Knox County Nursing Home and I am more than proud to be a part of it.
Q: What is the biggest challenge of being the KCNH Administrator?
A: I would say the biggest challenge in my position is never knowing what may come my way on a daily basis. With this being a new position to me, I have learned SO much in such a short time, and I continue to do so daily. Even though most of my nursing career, I have held some sort of a position in long term care, as Administrator-it is a whole different side of long-term care. I put the responsibility of the happiness and well-being of the Residents and Employees on my shoulders now, and I never want to disappoint or let anyone down.
Q: What can the community do to better support the nursing home?
A: I definitely can feel the support of the community here, which is why I love Knox County and its members. We all want to have the option to live here one day if Nursing Home placement is needed in our lives. Knox County has a beautiful, home-like facility to be proud of here. With saying that, there is always room for improvement. We have recently decided to attempt to raise the tax levy for the nursing home from 0.262 to 0.350 as it hasn’t been raised since 2004. With inflation and rising healthcare costs, I think all facilities are feeling it financially. Building maintenance and supply costs have increased dramatically over the years. Employee retention is huge as well. Showing employee appreciation is a big thing to me. I know how it feels as an employee to not feel appreciated, and it doesn’t feel good. If there is no employee appreciation, turnover increases, and the working environment and facility can hurt from this. Our Nursing Home is surrounded by Corporate-owned facilities, and it can make it challenging to compete with their wages being a small, County Nursing Home trying to bring in new staff. By raising the tax levy this would generate approximately 100,000 more a year for us to put right back into the Nursing home in all of these areas. I feel that the community will support us, as they always have, and vote YES on November 8th.
Q: What do you see for the future of the KCNH?
A: There are many ideas and plans I want to see happen in the future here at KCNH. I want to continue to retain all of our amazing employees and to bring in more staff to add to our team. To also continue to provide the happy, home-like atmosphere for our residents that we pride ourselves in doing on a daily basis. I would love to get the RCF up and running as an Independent Living Facility someday. I think everyone in the community would love to see that happen as well. These are just a few goals, and the list is ever-growing as time goes on!
Q: Is there anything you want to add?
A: Thank you to the Board of Directors for giving me this opportunity to make a difference here at KCNH and in Knox County. I truly feel blessed to have been chosen to fulfill this position and take pride in my role as Administrator of Knox County Nursing Home.