Employee Spotlight: Jason Wisnosky, LPN

Employee Spotlight: Jason Wisnosky, LPN

What does it take to start a career in nursing during a pandemic? Jason Wisnosky, Licensed Practical Nurse, knows.

The former Marine from Tunkhannock, Pa, began his first day as an LPN at Allied Services Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in March of 2020. He joined the ranks of healthcare heroes providing life-sustaining care to patients and residents separated from their loves ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Like anyone, I definitely had my doubts in the beginning, wondering if I made the right decision changing careers. Just as I graduated from nursing school, the pandemic hit and I really started doubting myself. That’s when I started to wonder if I had made the right move. I loved everything about being a nurse, but I was new and inexperienced. What was I subjecting myself and my family to just by going to work every day?”

“Like everyone, I think all the unknowns about COVID-19 have us on edge, but after the initial fears, and a lot of conversations with my wife, I was actually thankful in a way that I was new. I didn’t know what nursing was like before the pandemic, so for me it’s just how it is. I’m not saying it’s not stressful and at times exhausting, but since this is the only way I know, there was no adjustment period. Now from talking to other nurses that have been here for awhile, they tell me about the all changes and how it’s affecting everything and the residents. In those conversations it’s like we are in a whole new world, but again for me – it’s just how it is.”

Jason’s path to becoming a nurse was by no means direct. He served in the United States Marine Corp until an injury led to an early discharge. When e returned home, he joined his family’s business, Wisnosky Jewelers in Tunkhannock.

“My father had this business and he asked if I would work with him for a little bit while I figured things out. I was young and I hadn’t been to college, only the Marines, so it just seemed like a natural transition for me and I really enjoyed the work. Before I knew it, a few years turned into 22 years!”

When Jason’s father retired, he found himself at a crossroads. Take over the family business or pursue a different career? Although he really enjoyed working in the family business, he knew it wasn’t his lifelong calling. In the end, he made the hard decision to leave the family business and change careers, a scary proposition for anyone with a family to support.

“I had always wanted to be a pediatrician, but at my age I wasn’t about to start medical school, so my wife suggested I apply to the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program at the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County (CTCLC) and I was accepted. I thought that if I could start as an LPN to see if I really liked it, then I could always move on to get my BSN.”

Jason uncovered a talent and passion for nursing. He became the president of his class at CTCLC and has been accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Marywood University this fall.

After graduating from CTC in March of 2020, Jason accepted a position at Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scranton.

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Jason Wisnosky, LPN, leaving for his first day of work at Allied Services.

“I needed something that would allow me to pursue my degree in the fall, work, and still be with my family. It’s a lot to get in, but Allied Services was the perfect fit – and the pay was far more than most places were offering.”

“I took a position working overnight (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Friday through Sunday. I know it sounds crazy to want to work all weekend, but I still get to be with my family, and in the fall, I’ll be able to attend all my classes at Marywood and still keep working.”

Jason's drive to succeed is benefiting both his family and the staff, patients and residents at Allied Services. We look forward to following his progress as he works towards his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and continues his career in nursing. 

About Nursing at Allied Services

Nurses at Allied Services enjoy a range of benefits including a student loan repayment program that offers up to $20,000 to RNs licensed within the last 5 years and up to $10,000 LPNs licensed within the last 5 years. Allied Services employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement of up to $3,000 per year and enjoy great benefits including medical benefits, dental and vision benefits, life insurance, paid time off, employer matched retirement/401k, continuing education, discounts at local businesses, a health savings account and medical spending account.

Explore current nursing opportunities at Allied Services Rehab Hospital in Scranton and Allied Services Meade Street Skilled Nursing in Wilkes-Barre and Transitional Care at Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. 

Allied Services offers competitive pay rates commensurate with experience plus shift differential, excellent benefit package, preceptor led orientation! Allied Services Human Resources Department, 100 Abington Exec. Park, Clarks Summit PA 18411. Call us today at 1-800-368-3910. Allied Services is an equal opportunity employer. Bilingual individuals encouraged to apply.