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Know your neighbor: In difficult times, nurse works for happiness

Meet Liana Cavin.

Cavin is a 30-year-old nurse working at the Silver Cross Health and Rehab center in Brookhaven, where she works in risk management, quality assurance performance improvement and infection control.

Cavin is married to parole agent Bryan Cavin with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. She has one stepdaughter, Kaylee Cavin, and her parents are Tammie and Dennis Brewer.

“I jokingly tell people that I’m an only child, but I actually have three older brothers, Dustin and Derek Brewer and Jeremy Smith, and a younger brother, Dylan Bass,” Cavin said.

Cavin graduated from Brookhaven High School with special honors. She was in the flag corps in the marching band, and continued in the flag corps with the Blue Wave Show Band at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and studied nursing.

Cavin has nine years of experience as a nurse. With COVID-19 cases popping up around the state, Cavin said it has been a difficult time for staff, her residents and their families.

“We have protocols in place to handle situations such as COVID-19, but this has been a brand new ballgame for staff and residents with so much uncertainty about the virus,” Cavin said. “Because of COVID-19, our facility is closed to visitors. It’s hard on the residents when their families can’t visit, and I’m sure families are missing their loved ones.”

Cavin said she and her colleagues are working hard to keep residents happy. To mitigate the isolation of COVID-19, Cavin said Silver Cross Health and Rehab is offering teleconferencing with their residences.

“Our ultimate goal is to keep our residents and staff healthy and happy,” she said.

Cavin said she and her husband don’t have much downtime these days with the pandemic, but she has several pets, and she considers herself an animal lover.

“I have two small Chinese Imperials, a Shihtzu, an Akita and an extremely temperamental cat,” she said.

When she does have the time, Cavin said she enjoys reading, traveling, going to Zumba and working out with her friends at Curves. She has also been inspired by her mother. Tammie Brewer is president of the Lincoln County Historical and Genealogical Society, and Cavin said she has inherited her mother’s love for history.

“Since my mom loves history and genealogy, I’ve been bitten by the bug,” Cavin said. “I’ve been doing some research on ancestry.com, too. Lately, I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and I love trying new recipes from Pinterest.”