South Ridge Long Term Care Nursing Team

Julie Pudvay, BS, RN, Director of Nursing

Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech Science from Michigan State University and her Registered Nursing Degree from Lansing Community College.  Julie has worked at Dobie since May of 1988 when she started as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).  She has worked all three shifts and has been in almost every nursing position while at Dobie.   In 2003, Julie became the Director of Nursing and has enjoyed it ever since.  She is an active board member of the Michigan National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration/Long Term Care and supports their mission of developing and promoting ethical principles, practices, and services to those who work in Long Term Care.   What Julie enjoys most about working at Dobie Road is the interaction with the residents and patients, the clean building, beautiful grounds and the caring and dedicated employees. Julie says, “I enjoy seeing the smiles from our residents and patients, and knowing that they are happy and well cared for makes all the difference to me.   I am lucky to have started here all those years ago and to be part of such a great team striving towards our mission: “Dedicated to Improving Lives”.

Vickie Johnson, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing

Vickie graduated from Lansing Community College as a Registered Nurse in 1993 and received specialized training in geriatric nursing.  She began her career at Dobie in 1991 as an LPN, and for five years was a nurse on the floor until moving into the position of Education Director.  Vickie has been the Assistant Director of Nursing since 2003.  She works the with unit managers, floor staff and other departments to maintain the clinical and personal well-being of those we serve, in addition to attending various committee meetings to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines. Vickie is also part of the Capital Area Transition of Care committee and works to improve the transition of care for patients from one health care setting to the next and avoid unnecessary hospital re-admissions where possible across the healthcare continuum.  Vickie says, “Our team works compassionately every day to deliver quality care and service that truly improves the lives of our residents and patients.  I am fortunate to be able to help care for our greatest generation and be a part of their lives”.

Nicole Brady, RN, South Ridge Day Shift Unit Manager

Nicole graduated from LCC as a Registered Nurse in 2012, but has worked at Dobie for over 15 years.  Prior to becoming a nurse, Nicole held positions as both a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and a unit secretary.  Nicole wanted to become a nurse from a young age and is grateful for her early start at Dobie.  Nicole enjoys working at Dobie because of the positive interactions with team members and residents, and the belief in our mission – Dedicated to Improving Lives.

Vivian Petoskey, LPN, South Ridge/North Ridge Afternoon Shift Unit Manager

Vivian graduated from Montcalm Community College in the fall of 1981 and has been practicing as an LPN ever since.  Her career has taken her down many avenues and she has enjoyed the versatility that being a nurse has given her.  “Nursing has been my passion since I was 12 years old, and I cannot imagine doing anything else,” Vivian said.  “Dobie’s mission of making lives better is something that has guided my career all of these years and working with the Dobie team is something that I look forward to and enjoy!”

Albena Raykov, RN, BSN South Ridge Assessment Nurse

Albena graduated from the University of Sofia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Ecology. Her desire was to be a great scientist solving all ecological problems of the world. It happened, however, that life took her on a journey around the world while raising a family; although she enjoyed this part of life, she did not do any great ecology work. During this time she worked in different settings, both scientific and clinical and never thought taking care of people would be so gratifying. Albena believes that to help and change someone for the better is a great moral reward and to that end, she made a decision to get a degree in Nursing. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and now is a great caretaker of her patients and often feels she is their friend, confidante and trusted adviser.