Jaleesa Shamburg was a certified nurse’s aide at a long-term-care residence while in high school.
Today, she is the new director of nursing at SunPorch of Smith County, a long-term-care residence in Smith Center that serves families in north central Kansas. In this position, Shamburg oversees all aspects of clinical operations.
“I learned from an influential director of nursing while I was in high school,” Shamburg said. “I knew from that time on that I also wanted to be a nursing director. I have always enjoyed caring for elders, while providing the type of care I would want for my loved ones.”
Shamburg was attracted to SunPorch right way “because of all the new improvements that were in place before I arrived. I am continuously impressed as we move forward with our future growth. SunPorch is elder- and family-oriented, which is what a long-term-care residence should be.
“The future of SunPorch is so bright. We have hired many new staff members to provide the highest quality of care. This gives families peace of mind when they are not able to be here.”
Ground will be broken in the near future for SunPorch’s Green House Project, an innovative skilled-nursing design model. This project will include two Green Houses; each will be home to 10 people. A 12-unit assisted-living residence also will be constructed.
In the meantime, staff members have started training for their roles in these new residences.
“I am ecstatic about growing with SunPorch,” Shamburg said. “Our only goal is to provide top care to each elder. We are implementing a new method of care that will make them feel even more at home. Staff, elders and families are enthusiastic about this process. It is an exciting time for everyone involved.”
Originally from Cawker City and now living in Osborne, Shamburg graduated from Lakeside High School at Downs. She is a graduate of North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit where she earned her licensed practical nurse credentials. Shamburg then attended Cloud County Community College in Concordia and became a registered nurse.
She was employed as an LPN in long-term care at Beloit and as a registered nurse at Smith County Hospital in the acute setting. Shamburg then began traveling around Kansas as an agency nurse until accepting her new position at SunPorch.