Nursing is a calling, not a job

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By Betty Street

Beverly Hausauer

Beverly Hausauer

You may call her Beverly or Bev—she’s equally happy with either name—and her last name is Hausauer. Beverly is the new director of nursing at the Golden LivingCenter here in Mobridge. She began employment there March 4.
Beverly was born and raised in Flasher, N.D., and grew up on the original homestead her immigrant German grandfather settled. Her father was one of ten children. Since he was born near the end of the group, to this day she does not know the names of all her aunts, uncles and cousins.
Bev said that while growing up she didn’t know her own name for several years because when trying to get Bev’s attention, her mother would run through the names of all her brothers and sisters before getting to hers. (She’s the youngest of 11 kids.) Beverly laughed as she said she thought her own name was “whoever the hell you are” for a long time.
Bev left the farm at age 18 and worked with emotionally disturbed children in Bismarck at Manchester House, a state-run facility, for over 15 years. When the facility was sold to a nonprofit organization, Bev worked there for one more year until she realized that “fitting in a cubical wasn’t my style.” That’s when she went to nursing school at the University of Mary in Bismarck. Husband Rich worked three jobs to keep her in nursing school.
Beverly met Rich—they called him Richie then—when they were both 13 years old. She saw him walking across a corral. He was remarkable for his dark, curly hair; and that day when she saw him, she said, “I’m going to marry him.”
Five years later when she was a senior in high school, she ran into him again, remembered him and what she’d said … and a year later at age 19, they were married.
Bev and Rich have two children. Son Seth works for UPS and lives in Bismarck. Daughter Paige lives at home in Mobridge and works at Alco. Rich, who retired for a short time after the three jobs while Bev was in nursing school, now works part-time at Real Tuff.
And Rich does most of the cooking in their home.
When asked about cooking disasters, Bev said, “I always have disasters. That’s why I don’t cook! I either burn it or forget about it.”
What cooking she does, she inherited from her German ancestors and it includes knoephla soup, fleischkuekle, and sauerkraut hot dish.
Bev said she can go to their pantry and search for something to cook for supper and say, “We have nothing!” Then Rich will come right behind her, “throw stuff together, and it like tastes good!”
One of her favorite dishes, sauerkraut and sausage pizza, is available at a certain restaurant in Bismarck.
Over the years, Bev developed a personal motto: “Every patient that I deal with is somebody’s something or somebody’s everything, and I will treat them that way.” She fits in perfectly alongside the other caring folks at the Golden LivingCenter.

BEVERLY HAUSAUER’S RECIPES

Kraut Burgers
1 pkg. Texas frozen rolls, thawed
1 lb. hamburger
1 can sauerkraut (drained)
Cheese slices (optional)
Thaw Texas rolls.
Fry hamburger. After fully cooked, add can of sauerkraut and stir to mix.
Roll Texas rolls into circles. Add slice of cheese if wanted. Scoop mound of hamburger mix onto roll. Pull sides of roll up together to form a bun and crimp together. Place crimped side down on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

Asian Stir Fry
2 pkgs. shrimp Ramen noodles
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 pkg. frozen California blend vegetables
1 c. water
Seasoning packets from Ramen noodles
Soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
In large skillet, fry hamburger. Break both pkgs. of ramen noodles into two and add to fully cooked hamburger. Add 1 cup water. Cook until noodles are soft. Add seasoning packets from ramen noodles and stir. Add 1/2 package of frozen California blend vegetables. Cook on low until vegetables are warm. Serve with soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce.

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