National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year. The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896.
The Township Senior Living is blessed with Director of Wellness, Cindy Mickan, who rolls up her sleeves to work side by side with her team. She loves developing her staff to provide the highest quality of care to serve our residents. Cindy makes small commitments to many residents regarding special tasks; she has done so well that they request her services specifically. You can expect on certain days to find Cindy styling hair or making special flavored coffees to please residents with her smile and her humor. They love to hear her laugh! Cindy has a special way of laughing and joining in silliness and then stepping into an apartment to hold the hand of her resident on hospice and praying with family at the bedside. After a deep breath and wiping a tear, she puts a smile on her face to lead her nurses with confidence and grace with each transition.
During holidays Cindy makes special gifts and treats for each resident and staff to show her appreciation to celebrate them. Our families share how much they appreciate the thorough detail that she explains the clinical answers to questions they ask. Cindy is known to be careful to follow through with each follow up. Residents have agreed that Cindy is transparent, honest, and they trust her.
Our Township residents and families share how kind and caring the wellness team serves them each day. The families comment on how much they appreciate the peace of mind they have at night, sleeping well, knowing that their loved ones are cared for as if they were their own family. With consensus, our families and residents’ comment on how quickly they adjusted to the move in because they were treated with kindness, respect, and love, like part of the family. Our wellness team makes residents feel like they are at home!
We have many staff who stop by on their day off to bring family to visit residents, especially on birthdays and holidays. We have a resident who loves dogs. She was sick and not able to get out and about. A wellness member brought her Labradoodle to visit to cheer her up. And it did!
The wellness team stepped up to support the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Township had several wellness members who stayed overnight in the community to be available to serve in any capacity that was needed. Calling hallway bingo or culinary room service was just another way to bring joy during a challenging time. Our Wellness team showed up to do whatever was needed to show their care; they demonstrated the definition of teamwork.
I want to give an extra shoutout to Becky Meagher, LPN. She has been in nursing for ten years and working in the medical field, in some capacity, since graduating from high school. When her granddaughter was born, she spent a week in NICU. This inspired Becky to go on to nursing school, starting as a young grandma! The thing she likes most about nursing is the relationships that are built during very vulnerable times. She feels like she has made a difference. The most rewarding experience Becky recalls is when she was a school nurse and helped a student as a new diabetic. She will never forget the impact she made on a young person dealing with a serious situation. Becky’s calm, confident demeanor puts residents, family, and her team at rest in all her interactions. Township is blessed to have her on our wellness team.
We will recognize our nurses at The Township Senior Living Battlefield, MO during National Nurses Week with personalized gifts each day, gift bags full of their individual favorite treats, and a luncheon with a pinning ceremony for all to celebrate them!
While interviewing one of our retired nurse residents, Joy Young, she shared her experience in training new surgical nurses. She reports that the secret to success in nursing is to maintain a positive attitude, even when things get tough. She stated that tough times don’t last, but tough people do!! She said she never met a nurse that wasn’t tough, even holding the hand of their patient or crying with their family. She believes nurses are a rare breed.