Tammy Colman-Sadd started at Riverview Manor as a nurse. Three weeks later she was DOC

When the management spot opened, her fellow nurses encouraged Tammy to apply for the position

When Tammy Colman-Sadd started a position as a registered nurse at Riverview Manor in December, she had no idea that in less than a month she would be the Peterborough long-term care home’s director of care (DOC).

But that’s exactly what happened when she accepted the DOC position in January, after applying for the job at the urging of her co-workers.

“It was actually my colleagues on the floor who encouraged me and asked me to apply for the DOC position, which I found was quite interesting because I had only been here three weeks,” Tammy, who has previous experience in health-care management, tells The OMNIway.

Tammy has a distinguished career in health care. She has been an RN for 28 years and has worked as an emergency ICU trauma nurse and has several nursing sub-specialties.

A key strength Tammy brings to the DOC position, and one she’s embracing at Riverview Manor, is generating nurse leaders and promoting nurse leadership.

She describes nurse leaders as nurses who “exert exceptional critical thinking and nurses that lead by example and exercise best practice guidelines and setting the standard of care high above the others.”

Tammy says a factor that has made her transition into the DOC position in such a short time so smooth is the support she has received from her peers, both at Riverview Manor and at OMNI Health Care’s head office.

Of note, she credits chief operating officer Shawn Riel, western regional director of operations Pat Chartier, director of IPAC Doneath Stewart and clinical operations manager Susan Cymbaluk for their support and encouragement during the past four months.

Working alongside Riverview Manor administrator Matt Riel, whom Tammy describes as a “role model” every day, has helped her become stronger in her role, she says.

“Matt has been supportive in my role, (and) he has been able to help me better myself in my role, and I think we’re a good team as far as we think very similarly and we have a great passion (to achieve) similar outcomes,” she says.

Tammy says that aside from being a long-term care provider that’s focused on the residents living in its long-term care homes, she has also found OMNI to be strongly focused on employees, and this, she says, is a key strength she sees within the organization.

“I think OMNI is very geared towards their employees and that’s why I love my position and I love the company, and I really see a future with this company, so, to me, that speaks volumes,” she says.

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