Assistant Director of Nursing of the Year 2017 | Nancy Roush

Nancy Roush, Keosauqua

It is a beautiful thing when a career and a passion tome together. This happened for Nancy, ADON, when she took on several responsibilities when Keosauqua Health Care facility was without a DON. She willingly accepted the challenge and did everything in her power to promote the quality of care for both our residents and our staff members. She attended trainings and meetings in place of the DON and took the information gained at the training and implemented positive changes at the facility.

Nancy is often pulled in several directions, but she does what she can to make sure resident's make it to medical appointments and receive scheduled labs. Nancy is organized and orders all nursing supplies to guarantee the front-line staff have the supplies needed to provide care. Nancy is always willing to review referrals quickly and accept referrals with complicated wound care needs. She has promoted her own growth and development related to wound care techniques and treatments by seeking out education and securing an expert wound consultant. In addition, Nancy is responsible for our medical records. She ensures that all records are kept organized and survey ready.

During on-call weeks Nancy is often pulled to work the floor as both a nurse and a CNA. She does what needs to be done to provide quality care for the residents. One resident stated "I appreciate her efficiency. She always gets back to me right away when I ask for something. She is also very helpful when coming out to work on the floor while she is still getting her own job done. She is very appreciated." Another resident voiced that "Nancy is very caring. She always acts like she takes a true interest in whatever is going on with everyone else."

Nancy truly wants staff to feel supported and valued. She will spend time listening to concerns and validating. She is engaged with staff events. Her and her husband were very involved in national nursing home week, decorating an area of the hallway like a cavern and promoting facility events in the community. Nancy is grandma to our facility dog, King, and can be found laughing and playing with him and the residents.