Village Green focusing on health and wellness this Nursing Week

Village Green

Village Green

Home hosting a variety of activities that marry health awareness with fun and laughter

Health and wellness is the focus of National Nursing Week at Village Green. Read more

Jackie Rose ‘an integral member of the nursing department’

Willows Estate

Willows Estates names clinical care co-ordinator as Inspired Leader

From championing wound care excellence to clocking in early for her shift, Jackie Rose’s leadership at Willows Estate is an inspiration. Read more

Almonte Country Haven stirs up old memories for resident nurses

Pictured above is the display the Almonte Country Haven team has created to recognize nurses – past and present – during National Nursing Week.

Home creates display honouring resident nurses during Nursing Week

An Almonte Country Haven resident was elated this week when she was presented with a photograph of her from when she graduated nursing school 76 years ago. Read more

Streamway shines spotlight on resident nurses during Nursing Week

Streamway Villa nurses and retired nurses who are now residents gathered for a group photo at the Cobourg long-term care home on May 8. Resident Eleanor Turchyn, pictured seated on the far right, recently spoke with The OMNIway about her memories as a nurse.

‘Being a nurse was like a dream, and no matter how old I am, that feeling is still there,’ says Eleanor Turchyn

Eleanor Turchyn was only a teenager when she began studying nursing at Toronto’s St. Joseph’s Hospital (today called St. Joseph’s Health Centre). Now a resident at Streamway Villa, she has only been too happy to partake in the Cobourg long-term care home’s celebration of National Nursing Week. Read more

Diane Fife receives Inspired Leader Award for her compassion, resident focus

Riverview Manor RPN Diane Fife (right) is seen here holding her Inspired Leader Award alongside OMNI's western director of operations Aimee Merkley during a June 10 ceremony at the home.

Riverview Manor RPN Diane Fife (right) is seen here holding her Inspired Leader Award alongside OMNI’s western director of operations Aimee Merkley during a June 10 ceremony at the home.

‘Riverview Manor and OMNI Health Care are most fortunate to have an RPN of Diane’s ethical, moral and compassionate nature’

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – For 31 years, registered practical nurse (RPN) Diane Fife has been a dedicated team member at Riverview Manor who has worked hard to enhance the quality of residents’ lives and has shared her knowledge of best practices with her peers. Read more

Almonte planning 5 days of nonstop activities to honour front-line staff

Almonte Country Haven

Almonte Country Haven

Home kicks off National Nursing Week festivities today

National Nursing Week starts today, and Almonte Country Haven has a host of activities planned to celebrate registered staff and personal support workers (PSWs) for their hard work and dedication to residents. Read more

Dedicated West Lake Terrace staff keeping residents, families happy in face of challenges

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Small, rural long-term care home’s success the result of caring, dedicated staff

West Lake Terrace has managed to maintain a high level of resident and family-member satisfaction for the care the home provides – and administrator Neil Peterson says this success comes down to dedicated staff members that listen to residents. Read more

Work placement steers students towards LTC

Willows Estate’s environment of respect helped one student decide on her career

November 18, 2013 — Deron Hamel 

Three York University nursing students says their work placement at Willows Estate has been a guiding light in helping them choose a career when they graduate.

The students are currently doing their work placement at the Aurora long-term care home.

“All three of us can say that after doing this placement, yes, we are (looking into careers in long-term care),” one of the students, Jacqueline Sands, tells the OMNIway.

“From the moment we walked in, we have been embraced and respected, and the staff members have educated us on what the environment is like. We’ve just learned so much here.”

Sands says what cemented her decision to pursue a career in the sector is the environment she has found at Willows Estate.

“It’s the environment here and the respect between all the members of staff and the care that they show the residents — this is the biggest thing for me,” she says.

“If my parents were ever looking for (a long-term care home), this is the place I would consider.”

Another benefit to working in a long-term care home, she notes, is the skill set nursing professionals can develop.

This was evident to her and the other students on their first day. Being involved with developing resident activities, for example, is one aspect of working in a long-term care home that appeals to her, Sands says, adding that the Willows Estate team has empowered the students to take ownership of many of the things they are doing at the home.

“When we got here, we didn’t know what we would be doing, and the chance to help plan activities and educate has been awesome to be a part of,” she says.

“If you have an idea to make this place even better than it already is, (the staff members) encourage you.”

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