National Nurses Week, May 6 -12, 2014

National Nurses Week (May 6-12) is a special time for us to show our appreciation to the entire nursing staff. Their dedication is seen each and every day as they quietly go about providing top care to our residents. This is the week that we call more attention to what they do, to give them the recognition they deserve.

As a company we are committed to providing exceptional care in all our communities and we know that one of the key ways to do that is to have a full-time Registered Nurse on staff at each of our communities to oversee the care of our assisted living residents.Kandy_Dutcher.jpg

Having a dedicated RN in each community gives the nurse ability to get to know each resident, clearly understand their health needs, but get to know so much more. In a community setting we are afforded the privilege of practicing nursing in the way envisioned by Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Each of our head RNs leads an interdisciplinary team that offers coordinated care for every resident. We consider all aspects of life – dining, spiritual support, wellness, likes and dislikes, and physical activities when creating an individualized care plan for each resident. There is no one-size-fits-all plan. If some residents need more care, we have a team of nurses who can step in to provide additional care.

We know that not all senior care communities do things as we do. For example, it is common to have nurse consultants who provide care in multiple locations. Our approach lets us follow the patient-focused teaching of the founder of our profession. It is why nurses choose to work here. Our nurses share a passion for working with older adults and our approach to care lets them do their best. (Pictured here is Kandy Dutcher, RN, Oak Hill Terrace, Director of Nursing.)

Because our nursing team sees residents every day, we can see the impact of our work over an extended time. It is the relationships we build here that fuel our passion for the nursing profession and being a part of Laureate Group. We are extremely fortunate to be able to do what we do and we know it.

Providing a continuity of care can be extremely difficult in healthcare today. Our nursing team gets to do just that for hundreds of older adults who call a Laureate Group community home.  We thank them.