Pictured above: Heather Martindale, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing, and the Rosa Coplon nursing team, including the assistant nursing director, nurse managers, nursing supervisors, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants.
This week we talked with Heather Martindale, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing at Rosa Coplon Living Center. Here's a few facts about our nursing department and the important role it plays in resident life.
What is the role of the nursing department?
We provide the highest quality of care for our residents. Our nursing department specializes in caring for residents with feeding tubes, IV therapy and wound care. The nursing department also collaborates with departments such as therapy, social work, medical records, dietary, EVS and maintenance in providing essential services to residents.
What are your responsibilities?
As the Director of Nursing, it is my responsibility to lead and supervise the nursing department. My position is ultimately responsible and accountable for the nursing care provided to all residents. I oversee the development of nursing staff, ensuring policies are in place. One of the things I enjoy about my position is communicating with families, residents and working with our multidisciplinary team to ensure all the resident’s needs are met.
Who is on your team, and what do they do?
Below is a snapshot of our various positions and roles.
Assistant Director of Nursing - works closely with me to ensure the smooth running of the nursing department and supervises the nursing team to maintain the residents’ quality care and provide in-services and education to the staff.
Nurse Managers - responsible for the care of residents, coordinating physician visits, obtaining MD orders and daily monitoring.
Nursing Supervisors - registered nurses who oversee the entire building on off shifts. They are responsible for welcoming our new admissions and ensuring the residents’ needs are met.
Licensed Practical Nurses - team leaders on the units who are responsible for giving medications, doing treatments and charting for each resident.
Certified Nursing Assistants - provide daily care to meet residents’ needs.
What are some fun facts about you?
I recently adopted a new puppy. His name is Maverick Ronan Martindale. Maverick is a pure bred St. Bernard and he is currently a whopping 135 pounds.
What should family/friends know about the nursing department?
I am very proud of the entire nursing team at every level and commend them for their hard work through these difficult times. They show pride in their jobs and consider the residents they care for as a part of their family. Each nursing team member is my hero, and I can’t thank them enough for what they do every day. Our goal is to make sure our residents are comfortable, feel secure with the quality of care and provide a home like environment.
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