Laurie Gibson receives Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award

Burnbrae Gardens director of care Laurie Gibson (centre) is pictured here holding her Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award alongside OMNI director of western operations Aimee Merkley (left) and administrator April Faux (right) during an Oct. 25 ceremony at the Campbellford long-term care home.

Burnbrae Gardens’ DOC is lauded by colleagues for her leadership skills and caring nature

Burnbrae Gardens registered nurse and director of care (DOC) Laurie Gibson has been named OMNI Health Care’s 2019 Elisabeth Hinton Memorial Award recipient.

The award is named in honour of Elisabeth Hinton, a former director of care at Garden Terrace. The award is given out annually to a nurse working in an OMNI long-term care home who demonstrates excellence in nursing and exhibits kindness and caring in everything he or she does.

Laurie, who has worked at Burnbrae Gardens for 10 years, was presented with the accolade during an Oct. 25 presentation at the Campbellford long-term care home.

In nominating Laurie for the award, Laurie’s colleagues describe her as a “well-respected, dynamic leader in the nursing department” who exhibits the award’s criteria every day.

“Laurie is a very respectful nurse; Laurie is very patient and caring to all residents, family and staff,” Laurie’s colleagues say in their nomination.

“The staff all find that Laurie is very approachable and is very kind-hearted. Laurie does not hesitate to help others in need or lend a hand when required.”

Burnbrae team members say one of Laurie’s key strengths is her ability to work with residents, their families or staff whenever someone has a concern. They also note she works hard to resolve any issues to ensure resident, family and staff satisfaction.

Laurie is also “a very detailed-orientated nurse” who keeps the nursing department well organized. Because she is so organized, Laurie’s co-workers say the team can always understand processes that are put in place.

As DOC, Laurie leads by example, and she can often be found working on the floor helping personal support workers provide direct care to residents, assisting other nurses and relieving staff so they are able to take their breaks.

“Laurie is also a great communicator and is always ensuring that all departments are aware of any and all changes,” Laurie’s colleagues say.

Finally, Burnbrae Gardens team members say the home has experienced many positive changes in staff morale since Laurie became DOC in 2018.

“Laurie is a wealth of knowledge (and she is) very eager and willing to share all that she learns,” team members say. “It has been noted that Laurie has spent the time to listen and include staff in the decision-making process and it has proven great success and provided better staff motivation and productivity.”

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