At One2Call we’re incredibly proud to provide technology services to a number of Care Home Groups, which is why we’re saluting the often unsung hard work of the nation’s Care Home Nurses this National Nurses Day.
May 12th is RCN National Nurses Day, and this year more than ever we all have a huge amount to thank the nation’s nurses for. From the A&E front line to the vaccine centre our nurses have displayed bravery, skill, compassion and plain old running-on-empty hard work to get us to where we are today.
For this #NurseDay, though, we’d like to champion the often unsung role that our elderly care nurses play in giving the older generation the best quality later life possible.
While the focus of our attention often goes to the brave nurses fighting on the front line to save the lives of those in peril, we should always remember the critically important role that elderly care nurses play in ensuring our parents, grandparents and great grandparents have as healthy and stimulating a later life as possible.
Care Home Nursing during the Pandemic
Elderly care is characterised by long shifts with barely enough time, even in a 12-hour shift, for a sit-down, let alone a proper lunch!
But in the last couple of years it’s also been characterised by the extraordinary needs of the global pandemic.
So let’s take a look inside two care homes, and hear from the nurses that led them through these unprecedented times.
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Keeping COVID out
“There are some residents who present with behaviours that can challenge, which makes infection control especially difficult. But we’ve tried to stay one step ahead all the time, and we’re not taking anything for granted or letting our guard down.”
Nurse Alison Mulligan’s experience as an infection control nurse prompted her to act fast and stay ahead of the virus, an approach that’s enabled her care home to record no infections.
Taking positive from the pandemic.
“It’s been a very stressful time. Emotions have been up and down, and every nurse has gone through similar fears and apprehensions. But some very positive things have come out of the experience, seeing us working in some different ways.”
Linda Graham is positive about the future. Some of the technology and behaviours they used to adapt to the pandemic will stay, helping them to offer better care.
Supporting the next generation of nurses.
Right from the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been a particularly difficult period for care home nurses who have had to dig deep into their resources of creativity and compassion to keep residents engaged, entertained and healthy, and into their resilience as the virus took its toll.
Which is why, in an industry often known for high staff turnover, we’re particularly proud to provide support services to a care home group fighting hard to keep talented people in the industry.
Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) is one of the UK’s leading independent care home providers. Many of their care practitioners have remained with the Group for more than five years, and their Nursing Trainee Associate University Programme is Ofsted rated as ‘outstanding’.
One of the current crop of University trainees is Selina Wilson, who qualifies in August following a career change from her previous work in a call centre:
“I have discovered a passion for learning in nursing and this has increased my confidence in my current role and as a person. I believe if you are happy in your job, it makes a huge impact on everyone around you and could make such a difference to the lives of others.”
The efforts MMCG are putting into staff development is also exampled by their current Chief Nursing Office, Anna Masheter. She began at MMCG as a nurse in 2012 and progressed through Home Manager, Clinical Development Nurse and Specialist Nurse Consultant roles before taking up her current post, and is rightly proud of the journey she has taken:
“At Maria Mallaband Care Group, we are always keen to support our exceptional care and nursing staff along their journey through training and career development and I’m excited to now be part of that journey with them. Although I have only been here four months, I can already see the great progress being made as we strive to lead the way in clinical excellence.”
We are all well aware of the pressures that nursing in general is under, and the pressure that individual nurses have had to endure over this most difficult of times. But what’s for certain is that we will continue to need good quality, qualified nurses, not just now, but for a long time into our future. And when we’re in our dotage, we all want the nurses looking after our final years to be valued, happy and motivated to successfully deliver the care we need.
Which is why we at One2Call urge you to join us in raising a glass to all our nurses this National Nurses Day, whilst giving a special tip of the cap to our dedicated, hard-working Care Home nurses.
One2Call is a broad-based technology, support and Managed Services Provider (MSP).
We support several Care Home Groups across a range of services including CCTV and access control, managed IT services, Microsoft 365, connectivity and network management and communications services.
About Maria Mallaband Care Group:
Maria Mallaband Care Group and sister company Countrywide Care are together one of the UK’s leading independent care home providers, with more than 80 homes across the UK.
This family-run company offers a wide range of care and support including day care, respite care, palliative care, dementia nursing care, disability care, nursing care and residential care.
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