Celebrating our Excellent Nurses
Every year from May 6 to May 12, our nation celebrates National Nurses Week for the birthday anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. During this week Westminster Canterbury Richmond not only celebrates with all our caregiving staff, we also honor our staff with two awards.
The Clinical Excellence Award is given to one nurse to recognize outstanding clinical and leadership skills. Our Tabb Awards recognize service excellence from our certified nursing assistants and medication aides.
Will Blackwell, Administrator and Vice President of Health Services, shared his perspective on the necessary attributes to be an excellent certified nursing assistant, medication aide, licensed practical nurse or registered nurse.
- Communication Skills – ability to speak clearly with residents and families
- Emotional Stability – experiencing the range of emotions from celebrating with families and bonding with coworkers to accepting suffering
- Empathy – ability to comfort those who need it most
- Assessment Skills – attention to detail
- Interpersonal Skills – serving as the link between doctors and residents
- Physical endurance – staying strong and healthy both in and outside of work
- Problem solving – thinking quickly and addressing problems before they arise
- Respect – for people, rules, cultures and traditions
Thirty-nine certified nursing assistants and twenty-five licensed nurses exhibited these qualities and had the honor of being nominated for Nurses Week Awards. This year’s winning recipients are pictured below with Will Blackwell. From left to right: Clinical Excellence Award recipient, Latoya Bolling. Tabb Award recipients Maribel Fogg, Sheila Gordon, Evelyn Bryant and Allison Madia. Thank you for improving the lives of those we serve every day!