National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Florence Nightingale was the pioneer of nursing as we know it, and has become the gold standard for nurses everywhere. Every year on her birthday, we celebrate International Nurses Day—a day to fete our amazing and dedicated nurses.
In honor of National Nurses Week, we spoke with Beverly, our beloved Director of Nursing at Regency Park, to get her take on nursing, long term care, and what she loves about being part of the Regency family.
Beverly, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing from the Universidad de Sta. Isabel, and became a registered nurse in the Philippines in 1994. In 2004 I became certified here in the US, and licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and New York. I joined the Regency Grande as a night shift nurse in 2005, and was promoted to assistant to the Director of Nursing in 2007. After two years of being ADON, I transferred to my current position at Regency Park.
I’m also a devoted wife to my husband of 21 years, and mother to two exceptionally wonderful children ages 18 and 12
What inspired you to become a nurse?
Growing up in the Philippines, I knew I would fulfill my mother’s dream for me to become a nurse, so I could go abroad and explore greener pastures. But looking back now, I can say that it was always my calling and destiny to be a nurse. Relatives who needed care always came to me, and even back then I found I had the heart and passion for it.
The first job I got when I arrived here was in long-term care. Over the years I’ve come to embrace and love it. Being in a long-term care setting requires patience and diligence, which best fit my personality. I can now say this has become my passion and calling.
So you’ve been a nurse for nearly 20 years. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the field in that time?
Yes, I have been in nursing since year 2000. The biggest change I observed over the years was how computerization has taken such a vital role in patient care .The transition from pen and paper to electronic medical records is just one example.
Regency is at the cutting edge of healthcare technology, enabling us to provide the best possible care for our residents. What does a typical day look like for you?
Aside from my administrative routines, on a normal day I solve the daily issues and concerns that come up. I also like to be proactive rather than reactive in my approach to nursing concerns. One thing I’ve ensured as DON is that the shift nurses take the time for personal interaction with the residents. Our nurses have a full schedule: dispensing medications, providing treatments, following up with the doctors, and completing paperwork. On top of that, they also make time to build relationships with our residents.
That’s incredible! In your opinion, what’s the most important quality of a good nurse?
The most important quality of a good nurse is service before self. To be available when needed, and to have the ability to give of yourself to provide that care. Nursing at that level is very fulfilling, because you know you’re part of the patient’s healing process.
What’s the best way for residents and their families to show appreciation to their nurses?
Appreciation is earned. As a nurse, the best is always expected from us, in terms of giving care and service. We feel appreciated when our residents and their families are satisfied and happy. Simple, sincere words of appreciation go a long way.
That’s so true, Beverly. What do you like best about being the DON at Regency Park?
Being a DON gives me satisfaction and pride. I find mentoring others fulfilling. Also, extending and realizing Regency’s vision and objective of providing excellent care, “Where Care Comes to Life,” actualizes my calling as a nurse.