The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Community Service 2011

April 16, 2011

No fame or glory ... Donaldson’s just in it it for the love

Bobbi Donaldson started working in the health care field as a nurse aid in 1963 in Carmen.

Since that time, she has become involved in numerous health care organizations throughout Oklahoma.

“I really don’t know that much,” Donaldson said, laughing. “I just know a whole lot of people who know that much.”

The organization Donaldson has been involved with most heavily is National Association of Health Care Assistants, which Donaldson considers her “baby.”

The organization originally was started by two women in Missouri and has grown across the country. Oklahoma is home to the largest number of registered certified nursing assistants in the country, so it’s an important organization to Oklahoma, she said.

Donaldson was responsible for starting Northwest Oklahoma Nursing Home Administrators about 15 years ago.

“I thought we were a long way from Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and I thought there were a lot of us out here,” Donaldson said. “A few of us, probably 10 of us, met (in Enid).”

Members of the organization gather to discuss what they can do to improve their industry.

“We love what we do,” Donaldson said. “Nobody is in it for the fame or glory.”

Donaldson also sits on the board for Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers.

Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers was instrumental behind bringing National Association of Health Care Assistants to Oklahoma, Donaldson said. As a member of the board, Donaldson said she wants to help this part of the state stay involved in health care issues surrounding the state.

Donaldson currently works at Senior Life Network, at Oakwood Mall, where she helps put together programs for seniors. Sessions include information on government health care programs and insurance.

Leigh Vahovius, director of Senior Life Network, said the organization is blessed to have Donaldson.

“She cares about any senior, no matter what,” Vahovius said. “If anyone has any question about anything senior-related, she will find the answer. If she doesn’t know, she will find the answer.”

In addition to her activities in the health care field, Donaldson is active in Society for Human Resource Management in Enid, volunteers her time at YWCA and is taking crisis management training.

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