Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) have been called the “eyes and ears” of the RNs and physicians on front line care. They play an essential role in the modern healthcare system.
Today, the GIFTED Spotlight shines on Transia Brown, a GIFTED LPN with a story of hard work, compassion, and genuine desire to provide care for those in need.
Read on to learn about Transia’s inspiring nursing journey!
On the Path to Success
Transia Brown’s warm, charming personality and quick wit shined from the moment we began speaking to her.
“I’m the nurse that’s going to make you laugh,” she said. “If I have a patient that doesn’t like me, I make sure they love me by the end of my shift.”
It is also immediately clear that she loves her job as an LPN.
“I wouldn’t trade what I’m doing for anything,” Transia said. “And it’s funny, because I am a licensed cosmetologist, too.”
Transia was born in Lacombe, Louisiana, to a close-knit family. Both her father and her mother played a significant role in her life.
“Me and my Dad were like peas in a pod,” Transia said. “Wherever you saw my Dad, you saw me.”
Transia’s mother set an example of hard work and dedication, playing the role of breadwinner and working the long hours of a caregiver. At 72 years old, she still works full-time at a facility in Mandeville, Louisiana.
“My mother paved the way for me to be the strong woman I am today,” Transia said confidently. “If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I’d be exactly where I am right now.”
However, like many of us, it took a few tries before Transia found herself on the path to success.
“High school was all a joke to me,” Transia said. “I was making straight A’s, but I was getting suspended for misbehaving.”
Transia left school to get her General Education Development certificate (GED). She spent a while working various customer service jobs, feeling somewhat unfulfilled.
However, two major life events completely turned her life around.
Tragedy & New Beginnings
Transia’s life has had many acts. Throughout the twists and turns of her journey, she’s made leaps of progress by learning from the challenges and false starts she’s encountered along the way. Her desire for progress and self-education is inspiring enough, though there is much more to her story than that.
In 2004, Transia’s father suddenly passed away from a heart attack. She says this unexpected and tragic event completely changed her life.
“It made me turn everything around,” she said. “At the time, I was wondering: why am I here? For the longest time, I thought that I wasn’t enough. But when my dad died, I knew I wasn’t doing what he wanted me to do. That’s why I changed my life.”
One year after her father’s death, Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf Coast. This, coupled with her father’s passing, led Transia to make big changes.
“When Katrina hit, I saw all the people that died, and I saw there was a shortage of healthcare workers,” Transia recalled. “My dad died, and then Katrina – I was like, God, are you trying to tell me something?”
With no healthcare experience, Transia responded to a newspaper ad for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes.
Hard Work & Commitment
Transia became a CNA in 2005 and quickly realized she had found her calling. In fact, she continued working as a CNA for a decade, until she decided she wanted more for her family.
She got married in 2008, and had her first child a few years later in 2012. The responsibilities of marriage and motherhood created a desire for a more stable life and livelihood.
“I wanted to build a foundation for my child,” she said. “So that if anything ever happen to me, my child would be taken care of.”
Transia entered nursing school in 2013, graduating near the top of her class while also working full time and raising an infant. She cites her mother’s influence as the reason she remained committed with such a full schedule.
She became an LPN in 2015.
LPN Work & Beyond
When we asked Transia to tell us about the best part of her job as an LPN, she answered quickly.
“Putting a smile on someone’s face,” she said. “I try to leave my job every shift knowing that I made someone’s day.”
Transia’s passion for human connection and her close relationship with her family prepared her for the intimate exchanges she has with patients on a daily basis. Because she works in assisted living and long-term care facilities, many of her patients are elderly.
Transia’s love of family and the loss of her father have deeply impacted her philosophy of care. In fact, her description of the “ideal nurse” was so touching that we’ve included all of it:
“I never met my grandparents. I adopted a lot of my friends grandparents. When I go into work, I think of my patients as my grandmother or grandfather that I never met.
A lot of people have pride. A lot of my patients are scared to tell me that they’re in pain, or that they need help, because they’re not used to being in that situation. But if you make them feel they can trust you and that you’re concerned about them, they’re more open to you.”
I let them know: I’m here for you. Don’t feel like you can’t call me. Whatever you need, call me, and I’m there.
If you can’t go into a facility, or someone’s home, and take care of someone like they are your mom, or your dad, or your brother, or your sister, and treat them the way that you would want to be treated – then you don’t need to be a nurse.
I look at every patient as though they are part of my family, because I leave my own family to go out every day and do my job. And when I get older, I would want someone to take care of me as though I am a part of their family. That’s the ideal nurse to me.”
COVID-19 Front Line Care
Transia is also currently working with COVID-19 patients. As expected, she brings an extra level of care to her facility during these hard times.
“When I have patients that can’t see their families, I give them my personal phone so they can contact them,” she said. “Because I know if it was my Mama in the hospital and I couldn’t see her, I would want someone to go the extra mile for me.”
Transia is also committed to working with those afflicted by coronavirus, despite the risk to her own health.
“I took an oath to do this,” she said sternly. “We deal with patients that the flu, pneumonia, all kinds of diseases. This is the life that I chose. I’ll be the first one to say: do you need me to go?”
Moving Forward with GIFTED
Transia has been working with GIFTED Healthcare since 2017.
“The reason I started with GIFTED is because I wanted to do more – I felt like I was at a standstill,” she said.
She says her extensive experience as a CNA and LPN prepared her for travel nursing, and that she felt comfortable from the start.
“I was scared to go into work without knowing the facility, but I loved it on the very first day,” said Transia. “I love that I can go to different places and meet different people. I’m always facing new obstacles and learning more as a person as well as a nurse.”
She even took time to express her love for GIFTED Healthcare.
“I love working for GIFTED,” she exclaimed. “I love the fact that they always think about me.”
Transia also shared that she is currently in school to become an RN. We are honored that she is part of the GIFTED family, and we look forward to her bright future as a healthcare professional.
LPNs & RNs Thrive with GIFTED Healthcare
A big thanks to GIFTED LPN Transia Brown for taking the time to share her amazing nursing journey with us. We believe that her outlook on nursing and her commitment to providing exceptional, compassionate care makes her an ideal representative for the nursing profession.
If you’d like to accelerate your nursing career, look no further than GIFTED!