What is your role at Maplewood and what does a typical day look like?
I am the Assistant Director of Nursing at Maplewood. My major responsibilities are overseeing wound care and infection control. My daily routine is to review email, review all residents’ 24 hour charting, and round on the units, visiting with residents and staff. Each day is a new
journey and adventure.
How did you get into senior care?
I started in long term care (LTC) when I was in high school as a Nursing Assistant many years ago. I have served in many roles during my years in LTC: nursing assistant, floor nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager, staff educator, infection control nurse and employee health nurse.
What are you most proud of with regard to your work here at Maplewood?
I am most proud of our staff’s dedication to keep COVID-19 and influenza away from our residents. I am proud that Maplewood has not had any reportable resident cases of influenza in the past two flu seasons and has not had any resident cases of COVID-19 during this pandemic.
What do you think makes Maplewood Distinctly Different?
The people that work here make Maplewood Distinctly Different. Over and above is our standard. Maplewood’s team walks the walk under the example set by Greg. I am proud to say I work at Maplewood.
How has COVID changed your work at Maplewood?
COVID-19 has increased my work load twofold. I review the weekly testing results for all of our employees, as well as reviewing residents’ documents for any signs or symptoms of infection. We complete many studies and surveys for the Department of Health and Center for Disease Control daily and weekly, so monitoring all of that data is very time consuming.
How can we support you during the COVID crisis?
Wear your masks, practice social distancing and wash your hands. I would also like to say get your flu shot.
What’s one thing that people might not know about you?
I love to paint when I have the time (life before COVID!). I am the President of the Lake Country chapter of Decorative Painters.
(See below for some of JeanAnn’s artwork).