Peninsula Home Care Salutes Registered Nurses for Improving Health Care Across the NationPublished on - May 24, 2018
Push to recruit to replenish nursing field at the forefront of the industry
SALISBURY, MD – As the largest generational group, Baby Boomers make up a majority of healthcare professionals across the nation. As retirement looms, Boomers not only prepare to leave the ranks of the healthcare industry, but they also place an increased demand on services as they age. It’s no wonder we are seeing a rise in the demand to fill nursing positions. According to the American Nurses Association, by 2022, there will be a need for 3.44 million nurses. That’s more than a 20% increase in demand for registered nurses.
During the month of May we celebrate nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6th to May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This year the theme for the week is Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence.
“We have experienced a rising demand for nursing services and therefore jobs, for many years now,” said Beverly White, Delaware Branch Director for Peninsula Home Care at Nanticoke. “Nursing roles are rapidly changing as nurses are responsible for a wider range of health care responsibilities. Our nursing staff has doubled and we continue to look for qualified, professional candidates to join the ranks of the PHC nursing team.”
Every year, National Nurses Week, which this year begins May 6, focuses attention on the diverse ways America’s 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and improve the health of millions of individuals. The first day of the week is designated as RN Recognition Day and the final day, May 12, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing.
Nursing has undoubtedly evolved over time with the introduction of cutting edge technology and specialty nursing professions such as medical-surgical nurses, labor and delivery nurses, ICU nurses and home health care nurses.
Home Health Care Nurses – Passionate about Putting the Patient First
There is no one for a home health nurse to turn to for a second opinion while treating a patient in the home. Peninsula Home Care nurses partner with the patient and caregiver to better understand medications, how to safely navigate in the home and develop an individualized plan of care in coordination with the physician.
“What puts a smile on the faces of our home care nurses? Seeing patients achieve their goals and provide support to the patient and family to help them from beginning to end,” said Bagwell. “We are there helping them through difficult times and they become like family. We share in their success and in their setbacks. I think Florence Nightingale would be pleased with the quality of care provided by our home care nurses.”
Excellence at work in Salisbury, Seaford and Ocean Pines – “PHC Nurse of the Year”
Gena Hammond – Seaford Branch
Gena has been a registered nurse (RN) for 21 years, seven of which have been spent with Peninsula Home Care (PHC). Her occupational experience ranges from oncology/chemotherapy, neurology, mental health, nursery (mother/baby), and geriatrics. Her favorite part of home care is the close, social interaction with patients in their home environment. Gena believes that everyone deserves exceptional care and education, offered with gentleness and respect. Gena earned her Associates degree in Nursing Science and Nurse Practitioner’s degree from Del Tech.
Here’s what the staff had to say about her…
“Gena is an excellent resource for new staff, she is friendly, caring, hardworking and professional. She has taken on the orientation of four new staff members in the past six months. She is always seeking educational opportunities and is a true patient advocate. Patients request her and she is always willing to help another staff member out to ensure quality care. Gena is active in her church, local schools and raising her three children.”
Kim Mast – Ocean Pines Branch
Kim Mast, a registered nurse in the Ocean Pines branch office, has over a decade of experience under her belt in the nursing field. “When I made the switch to home health care, I became more of an advocate and a teacher, in addition to providing health care to each patient,” said Mast. “I treat my patients with preventative medicine and strive to provide them with the best possible care in a safe environment.” Kim is recognized by her colleagues for her efforts to collaborate with other disciplines, developing close relationships and always making herself available to patients that result in better outcomes.
Christine Yingling – Salisbury Branch
Christine has been a registered nurse (RN) at Peninsula Home Care (PHC) for eight years and has worked in the profession for twenty years. She began at PHC as a part-time nurse and transitioned to a full-time case manager. Christine’s favorite part about being a nurse is her patients. She loves helping people and watching them gain back their independence.
Before joining PHC, Christine worked at PRMC for ten years in a variety of departments. She also worked in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, GA and Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, NC. She has earned her Associate’s degree and is chemotherapy certified.
About Peninsula Home Care
Providing skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy for more than 30 years, Peninsula Home Care ensures that all patients are involved in their plan of care and strives to give them every opportunity to maintain their independence in the home. The agency has served more than 39,000 patients in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties in Maryland and Sussex and Kent counties in Delaware. In 2017, PHC and PHCN were designated as Preferred Home Care Provider by Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Nanticoke Health Services.