RN experience serving new West Lake DOC well
Cathi Kerr says knowing the home from different perspectives is a key assetJuly 6, 2012
Cathi Kerr says her six years’ experience as a registered nurse at West Lake Terrace are serving her well in her new capacity as director of care (DOC) at the Prince Edward County long-term care home.
In fact, she says having worked so long as a front-line staff member at the home has provided her with an important asset — she knows the home from the perspective of other nurses.
“Because I have been in the home for six years, I am comfortable with the staff; I am comfortable with the home because I can see it from both perspectives — I can see things from the front-line point of view as well,” Kerr tells the OMNIway.
Prior to becoming DOC, Kerr had worked both as a front-line nurse for three years and as a charge nurse on the day shift for three years.
Kerr began her new position May 21. She credits administrator Mary Lynn Lester for helping her settle into the role during the past two years by having her fill in for her in the DOC capacity when Lester, who was serving as both administrator and DOC, took holidays.
“It gave me a feel for what was coming, and it was a good way for her to groom me for the position,” Kerr says.
“Having her here has been really helpful because I’m not left on my own. I can refer to her any time something comes up.”
Kerr says she’s also thankful for OMNI Health Care’s emphasis on promoting people from within the organization. This was made possible through her pursuing the educational initiatives OMNI offers.
Kerr says she segued into the DOC position “almost without realizing it.” It goes back to the day four years ago when she saw a posting for management training offered by OMNI.
“I thought, ‘What a great course to take,’ so I took it, and here I am four years later in a management position,” she says.
While it has been a significant change for her, Kerr says she’s enjoying the fast pace and challenges that come with her new role.
“And I’m up for the challenge,” she says.
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