Submitted by Dick Feddersen
"It ain't what we don't know that gets us in trouble. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so!" ~ Mark Twain
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Oaknoll Retirement Residence is pleased to announce it has achieved Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care designation identifies the elements of long-term care work environments where nurses can flourish. The designation substantiates the professional satisfaction of nurses at Oaknoll Retirement Residence and identifies it as one of the best places to work.
"For us, the process of seeking Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care ™ Designation has helped us describe what we were already doing well, identify areas where we could grow, and provide us opportunities for expanded leadership among all the staff," stated Kim Bergen-Jackson, Director of Health Services.
"The designation is bestowed on organizations focused on professional work environments and best practices. We value the people who work here and strive to be an employer of choice. We believe employees who are invested, engaged, and involved provide exceptional, high quality care."
"The Pathway to Excellence in Long-Term Care designation is a visible affirmation of the value of our professional staff. It stands for high standards and a level of specialization that has not been recognized in long-term care. This process and designation raises the image of long-term care nurses and certified nursing assistants from the inside, building pride in the workplace, confidence and self-esteem. The nursing staff not only have a voice at the table, but they expect to be at the table. They are trained experts in their chosen profession."
"I am very proud to work at Oaknoll and I am thrilled with the work we have done to achieve this designation. It is an honor to be the first long-term care community in the country to receive this designation," Bergen-Jackson, stated enthusiastically about the staff at Oaknoll.
"I'm very proud of Kim (Bergen-Jackson, Director of Health Service) and our staff for receiving this prestigious designation. Oaknoll has always strived to give our residents the highest quality of care. We absolutely believe a professional work environment and best practices contribute significantly toward this goal," said
Patricia Heiden, Executive
Director at Oaknoll Retirement Residence.
"Kim's leadership style encourages and empowers nurses and CNA's to grow and develop professionally. By providing these opportunities for leadership, Kim has assembled a staff that is invested and engaged in all aspects of resident care."
"The Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care designation affirms the professional satisfaction of Oaknoll's nurses. Indeed, Oaknoll is not only a wonderful retirement community for our residents it is also a wonderful place to work," commented Heiden.
The Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care designation is granted based on the confirmed presence of characteristics known as “The Pathway to Excellence Criteria.” For an organization to earn the Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care distinction, it must successfully undergo a thorough review process that documents foundational quality initiatives in creating a positive work environment — as defined by nurses and supported by research. These initiatives must be present in the facility’s practices, policies, and culture. Nurses in the organization verify the presence of the criteria in the organization through participation in a completely confidential online survey.
As a Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™ designated organization, Oaknoll Retirement Residence is committed to nurses, to what nurses identify as important to their practice, and to valuing nurses’ contributions in the workplace. This designation confirms to the public that nurses working at Oaknoll know their efforts are supported. The honor encourages other nurses to join their colleagues in this desirable and nurturing environment.
The Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™ designation is perfectly suited to small and medium-sized long term care organizations, and is attainable by healthcare facilities around the world.
Oaknoll Retirement Residence is a member of Leading Age Iowa, a statewide association for nursing homes and senior housing communities. Leading Age Iowa members are dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in older adult services.
Oaknoll Retirement Residents has been an active LifeCare retirement community since 1966 and is one of only seven LifeCare communities in the state.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), provides individuals and organizations throughout the nursing profession with the resources they need to achieve practice excellence. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™ and Pathway to Excellence® programs; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. In addition, ANCC provides leading-edge information and education services and products to support its core credentialing programs. www.nursecredentialing.org