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(Left, Right) Glenda Hayward
Glenda Hayward Got Her Life Back

Glenda Hayward, a registered nurse from Northern California, is a satisfied transplant. Glenda used to spend up to 2 1/2 hours commuting to and from work every day. On certain Fridays, she might even spend three to four hours to get home. Every freeway was like a parking lot, and it was jeopardizing Glenda's family life with her husband and young son.

Before moving here, Glenda and her husband contacted Adventist Health, which they had worked for in the past. Glenda was initially offered a position in Bakersfield, and worked for about a year and a half before applying for her current position. She says her job at San Joaquin Hospital is "a dream job come true." Glenda also works in training shift leaders, and mentors for nurses and care partners.

Glenda's husband, Gordon, also secured a position at San Joaquin Hospital. "We feel like we've come home when it comes to our professional lives," he says.

They're not far from where their son goes to school, so they can go from home to school to work and back in 15 minutes instead of enduring a 2 1/2 hour commute. Subsequently, Glenda is able to spend more time with her son after work. She and her husband even found time to join their church choir!

Glenda says, "We got our life back when we moved to Bakersfield. I can relax again, I can sleep at night; we get home early enough for our son to play before starting homework."

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