JPS Skilled Nursing unit team members are celebrating the results of their just-completed inspection by state surveyors. “ Zero nursing deficiencies,“ said Wanda Peebles, senior vice president and chief nursing officer. “That is a very significant accomplishment,” and one that prompted Peebles and Trudy Sanders, vice president of Patient Care Services, to host lunch-time festivities Thursday on Tower 9.
The Skilled Nursing Facility is a 15-bed unit for complex patients recovering from events such as stroke. Many have been hospitalized for extended periods, and face the possibility of a post-discharge existence much different than before. As a bridge between the hospital and whatever comes next, Skilled Nursing can have a dramatic impact on patient’s future.
The greatest reward, nurse manager Jeannie Simpson said, is helping patients recover function, allowing them to return to their homes and the quality of life that they want for themselves and their families. Education is a key component, Simpson said, as some patients can return home, rather than to a nursing home, if they and family members are taught how to perform daily care. “That’s where the nursing is different in this unit,” Simpson said, describing the use of puzzles and other cognitive stimulation tools to help stroke patients recover function that might otherwise be lost forever.
And that, added nurse Naomi Quagraine, “That is the best part of working here.”