Kassie Chisholm

Job Fairs – Seeking PCWs

Job Fairs at R.K. Macdonald Nursing Home on November 7th and 10th, 2018.

Seeking PCWs who are wanting to work to become certified CCAs.

R.K. Macdonald Nursing Home - Job Fair

We are looking for people who:

Have an interest in being a caregiver Do not have a CCA certification but have been working in the role of Personal Care Worker; Personal Support Worker or Home Support Worker. Are a graduate from a related Health and Human Services Programs such as: Social and Community Support; Social Services; Community Residential Worker; Human Services Worker; and are interested in obtaining their certification as a Continuing Care Assistant.

Apply now online or join us at our Job Fairs on November 7th from 6:30-8:00 pm or on November 10th from 10 a.m. to noon at 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish, NS.

Pelly Sisters Combined for 125 years of Service

We would like to thank The Casket for covering the story on the Pelly Sisters. The trio has worked, combined, almost 125 years at the Antigonish facility. “We were only babies when we came,” Vicky said, with a laugh.

RK MacDonald Nursing Home - Pelley Sisters By The Casket

It is a family affair for the Pelly sisters, when it comes to working at the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home in Antigonish. – Corey LeBlanc The Casket

She is the newcomer, when it comes to service time, having 37 years under her belt, while Eva has 44. Kandy retired last year after 43 years working in the R.K. kitchen.

“It is nice when the residents know your name,” Eva said, when asked about favourite parts of her job.

“There is a different challenge every day,” Vicky said.

She added there have been “a lot of changes,” since she started working there.

“I was scared to death,” Eva, with a laugh, said of her first day on the job, noting she had never worked with seniors.

To read all of this story from The Casket, click here.

60th Anniversary at RK MacDonald

We would like to thank The Casket for covering our 60th Anniversary Celebration held on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018.

RK Macdonald - Corey LeBlanc Photo of Michelle & Lynn

Resident Lynn Mersereau visits with Michelle Thompson, R. K. MacDonald Nursing Home CEO, Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 3) during an open house celebrating the 60th anniversary of the facility. Corey LeBlanc The Casket

“Let the trumpet sound – rejoice and be glad – for the spirit of celebration resounds, once again, in this special place, as we proclaim the 60th anniversary of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home.”

“That’s how Sister Brendalee Boisvert, Sisters of Saint Martha congregation leader, began her remarks during an open house celebration at the Antigonish residence Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 3).”

To read all of this story from The Casket, click here.

Voice For Care Magazine – Fall 2018

In a recent issue of Voice For Care Magazine, there was a lovely article done on the Storytelling Program:

“Most Wednesdays since earlyspring, you will find a dedicated group of Residents and support people gathered in the Rhubarb Patch, engaged in a lively afternoon of story writing, laughter and comradery. The storytelling program is a collaboration with R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home and Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!). “The RK MacDonald Nursing Home: Art & Darlene

You can read the full magazine click here.

Buddy Bench at RK

We are very pleased to reproduce the below excerpt of an article by Sam Macdonald of The Casket published on August 14th.

‘A little sanctuary’: Antigonish Community Comes Together to Create Buddy Bench at RK MacDonald Nursing Home

Kim Cameron-MacDonald (upper left), Francis Grenier, Emma MacDonald, Mary Grace, Mary Partridge, Diane Delorey (bottom left), Donna MacLean, Mary Margaret Grace and Sadie Boyd – all enjoying the fine weather with the Buddy Bench – the newest addition to the garden area of the RK MacDonald Nursing Home. – Sam Macdonald

A new, colourful addition adorns the garden area of the RK MacDonald nursing home.

The bench is hard to miss. The bright yellow bench is decorated in the rainbow-coloured handprints of several generations of people and is the product of a partnership between members of Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival, staff and residents of RK MacDonald and youth from the local Montessori School.

“It took a lot of priming and painting to get that beautiful yellow that is there now,” Emma MacDonald, festival director for Antigonight, said, describing how the handprints belong to several generations of Antigonishers.

“We also wanted to use a lot of bright, primary colours for the handprints. We wanted to incorporate an inter-generational piece to this community art project.”

You can read the rest of  the article on The Casket’s website here.

Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Please note:  This is not a job listing, this is a job description. For current opportunities click here. This is a non-union position (Mgmt.).

POSITION: Assistant Director of Clinical Services
DEPARTMENT: Nursing and Rehabilitation Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Clinical Services

Reporting to the Director of Clinical Services, the Assistant Director of Clinical Services (ADCL) is a key member of the leadership team. Responsibilities include the day to day management and integration of resident care services throughout the organization in collaboration with the Director of Clinical Services and Supervising RN.

The essential areas of responsibility include creating and fostering an environment of clinical excellence, innovation, enthusiasm and professional growth. The ADCS shows initiative and flexibility, has a strong commitment to the maintenance of the health and quality of life of the residents, demonstrates principle-based decision making, leads a cooperative work environment and has an ability to organize time and resources effectively. The ADCS assists the Director of Clinical Services in assessing the effectiveness of clinical programs and activities on the basis of quality outcomes and alignment with best practices.

Functions and Responsibilities

  1. To promote and maintain the safety of residents, staff, and visitors as a strategic priority for the home at all times
  2. Assists in the planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing and evaluating Continuous Quality Initiatives in the nursing department.
  3. Role models our core values in carrying out the philosophy, objectives, policies, and standards for resident care and related nursing services.
  4. Works with Sr. Leaders (Directors) and clinical service providers to ensure adherence with Long Term Care Program requirements.
  5. Leads the new resident admission process.
  6. Supports the Supervising RN’s / RRN’s in ensuring best practices are employed in addressing changes in resident conditions or behaviors [PIECES Model].
  7. Coordinates the department functions with all other departments and services of the Home.
  8. Consults and advises the Director of Clinical Services on concerns related to the Nursing Department and the Home.
  9. Assists the Director of Clinical Services in the recruiting, hiring, performance appraisal, coaching and progressive disciplinary process of the nursing staff.
  10. Promotes and maintains harmonious relationships among nursing personnel and with physicians, residents, families and the public.
  11. Plans, evaluates and directs orientation and educational training for all nursing staff. This would include the promotion of geriatric studies / certification opportunities and RN Premiums.
  12. Assists the Director of Clinical Services are in preparation of Annual Budget, and in tracking and analyzing monthly variances.
  13. Assumes responsibilities in the absence of the Director of Clinical Services.
  14. Willingness to pursue self-directed ongoing education and best practices in Continuing Care and Management.
  15. Participates in Union/Management discussions.
  16. Participates in the attendance support program.
  17. Participation on committees as required by the Director of Clinical Services.
  18. Assumes responsibility for Infection Control for the facility. Works with staff, Department Directors and Department of Health and Wellness in the development, updates, and annual education and implementation of an Infection Control Program.
  19. Responsible for carrying out other duties as may be required by the Assistant Director under the Homes for Special Care Act, Home’s by-laws and as determined by the Director of Clinical Services and/or CEO.

Leadership Competencies Required

  • Leading Others as demonstrated by the ability to establish focus, to provide motivational support, fostering teamwork, empowering others.
  • Managing Change as indicated by the ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization’s effectiveness
  • Managing Performance as demonstrated by ability to take responsibility for one’s own or one’s employee’s performance by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against goals, ensuring feedback and addressing performance issue promptly.
  • Communication as demonstrated by the ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed as well as the ability to express oneself clearly in conversations and interactions, in writing and to be able to plan and deliver conversations that have an impact and persuade their intended audience.
  • Interpersonal Awareness as demonstrated by the ability to notice, interpret and anticipate others concerns and feelings and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others
  • Influence Others as demonstrated by the ability to gain others’ support for ideas, proposals, objectives, projects and solutions
  • Building Collaborative relationships as demonstrated by the ability to develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships both internal and external to the facility
  • Customer Service Orientation perspective as demonstrated by the respectful, positive manner in which one responds to expressed concerns and the strong desire to find resolution and meet people’s needs
  • Information Gathering as demonstrated by the ability to identify information needed to clarify a situation and using skillful questioning to draw out information from reluctant sources
  • Thinking abilities including analytical, forward, conceptual and strategic abilities to enable one to tackle a problem, anticipate implications and consequences, find effective solutions and planning for the future direction of the Home
  • Initiative to identify what needs to be done and take action before being asked or the situation requires it
  • Results oriented to enable one to focus on the desired results, sets challenging goals and meeting or exceeding them
  • Thoroughness as demonstrated by ensuring that one’s own work, the work of employees and all information collected and shared is complete and accurate. Ensuring that commitments are fulfilled
  • Decisiveness as demonstrated by the ability to make difficult decisions in a timely manner
  • Self Confidence
  • Stress management
  • Personal Credibility
  • Flexibility

Position Specific Competencies

  • Clinical practice knowledge
  • Delivery models/designs knowledge
  • Safe practice initiatives
  • Utilization
  • Quality improvement Initiatives
  • Risk management theory & practice
  • Sound understanding of Ethical practice
  • Consistently acts as a role model for advocacy
  • Sound understanding of Union Contracts & Negotiations
  • Possess the person centered qualities and attitudes that respect the spirit, dignity and individuality of the Resident/resident and their family
  • Understands and is able to integrate a philosophy of person centered care into the daily operations of the nursing department
  • Able to supervise staff including the ability to mentor, coach and empower staff
  • A working knowledge of budgeting
  • Able to work independently and as part of the Leadership Team

Educational & Experience Qualifications

  • BSc Nursing Required
  • Licensed with CRNNS
  • Previous demonstrated leadership experience required
  • Demonstrated experience with Accreditation and Quality Initiatives
  • Excellent Computer Skills [Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook]
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Conflict Management / Resolution Training an asset [or willing to be trained]
  • SAFER Leadership Certificate an asset
  • I.E.C.E.S. Certificate
  • Teepa Snow Training or Gentle Persuasive Approach training an asset
  • WHMIS, PIPC and PHIA training an asset

 

Director of Clinical Services

Please note:  This is not a job listing, this is a job description. For current opportunities click here.

POSITION: Director of Clinical Services
DEPARTMENT: Nursing and Rehabilitation Services
RESPONSIBLE TO: CEO

As a member of the Leadership Team, the Director of Clinical Services provides oversight of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Nursing Services to ensure a coordinated and collaborative approach to resident care. The Director of Clinical Services works closely with the Assistant Director of Clinical Services to ensure clinical services are coordinated, collaborative across professional disciplines and all departments. Reporting to the CEO responsibilities include the day to day management and integration of clinical services throughout the organization. The essential functional areas of responsibility include the delivery of quality, safe clinical services  that respects and enhances the quality of life for every Resident and their family by ensuring adherence to applicable Standards of Practice, delivery of person centred care.  In keeping with our Mission, Vision and Values and our philosophy of Person Centered Care, the Director of Clinical Services serves as a positive role model; as a partner in the provision of care and support of our Residents, and represents the home in a positive, professional, efficient and confidential manner.

 

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Effectively manage Clinical Services through monitoring of the Rehabilitation  and Nursing Department  budgets ensuring that the annual budget is not exceeded
    • Monthly review and analysis of clinical services departmental financial data in collaboration with appropriate departmental mangers
    • Investigate variances, develop corrective action plan and report same to CEO
    • Participates in annual Capital equipment planning process in collaboration with other Senior Leaders
    • Submission of Capital equipment requests
  1. Coordinate the provision of Clinical Services that are person centered and that support and reflect the Mission, Vision and Values of the RK Mac Donald Nursing Home
    • Ensure annual review of clinical policies by appropriate clinical staff or manager and ensure revisions are completed as required.
    • Develop yearly clinical services delivery goals and objectives that support the Strategic Plan and are in support of achieving/maintaining Accreditation Canada standards
    • Ensure Licensed staff as well as all clinical services support staff maintain care practices in accordance with standards of practice and care that comply with operating requirements of department, relevant federal, provincial and professional legislation, standards &/or regulations
    • Provide assistance and direction to employees that facilitates the highest quality of efficient, effective and safe care
    • Provides systematic monitoring and evaluation of resident needs and satisfaction with care through collaboration with Departmental Directors (ie rehab Services or Nursing)
    • Monitor program and resident outcomes, evaluate all aspects of the operation and assess and plan for the future
    • Identify any outstanding issue or concerns of family, residents or staff and implement any corrective actions as required in collaboration with appropriate departments
    • Annually review and update Job Descriptions
  1. Effectively plan and oversee human resources in the rehabilitation and nursing departments in collaboration with the appropriate Departmental Director and Human Resources Coordinator
    • Actively participates in the departmental hiring process or appoints designate
    • Develops action oriented performance review systems
    • Ensures that probationary performance reviews with accompanying plan of development and goals are conducted as required by contract
    • Discipline, up to and including dismissal
    • Coaching, mentoring and empowering RN/LPN Team Leads, OT and PT
    • Supports and assists the RN/LPN Team Leads in coaching, mentoring and empowering their staff
    • Supports and assist the OT and PT in the development of leadership skills, collaboration and working to the full scope of their profession.
    • Approves vacation/LOA requests or appoints a departmental designate
  1. Ensure the orientation and ongoing education of departmental staff including development and continuing education through collaboration with Clinical Service Directors and the Education Coordinator
    • Ensure educational provisions are made to meet required performance standards
    • Work with clinical service manager to identify and prioritize learning needs of clinical services staff
    • Ensures that all clinical staff participate in required annual educational safety programs
    • Identify best practices and associated educational needs of clinical services departments
  1. Accountable for the Safety and Risk Management of Clinical services
    • Identification and management of potential risks in collaboration with Departmental Directors, RN / LPN Team Leads and other clinical support staff.
    • Participates as a Leader in the JOHS program and Risk Management Program
    • Monitoring and auditing of Departmental compliance as necessary
  1. Communication: through personal behavior and interactions, will consistently demonstrates a humanistic, affiliative approach to relationships:
    • Within department, with other team members and with union representatives
    • In all interactions, within and while representing the facility
    • With all Residents and families
    • While establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships
  1. Ensures Continuous Quality Initiatives in all activities
    • Maintains clinical practice knowledge within professional designation
    • Ensures other Clinical Services Directors maintain practice knowledge
    • Establish and direct systems for evidence based practice/outcome measurement and improving quality of nursing care
    • Determine resident care quality improvement goals and objectives
    • Ensure that all staff maintain a current knowledge of trends and issues within the field and recommend changes in standards, policies and procedures, equipment and programs as appropriate
    • Analyze CQI data to identify solutions or improvements as required
    • Review relevant occurrences and ensure appropriate follow-up as required
  1. Participates in Committees/teams as required
    • Ensure that all nursing committees are structured and focused on meeting the Goals established by the Strategic Plan
    • Sits as a Chair of at least one organizational committee
  1. Leadership Roles
    • Active participant on the leadership team
    • Demonstrates integration of the Mission, Vision and Values into practice
    • Participates in annual Strategic planning process
    • Participates in Succession planning
    • Evidenced based clinical decision making

Leadership Competencies Required

    • Leading Others as demonstrated by the ability to establish focus, to provide motivational support, fostering teamwork, empowering others.
    • Managing Change as indicated by the ability to demonstrate support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization’s effectiveness
    • Managing Others as demonstrated by the ability to work with others to coach and mentor them to develop their capabilities
    • Managing Performance as demonstrated by ability to take responsibility for one’s own or one’s employee’s performance by setting clear goals and expectations, tracking progress against goals, ensuring feedback and addressing performance issue promptly.
    • Communication as demonstrated by the ability to ensure that information is passed on to others who should be kept informed as well as the ability to express oneself clearly in conversations and interactions, in writing and to be able to plan and deliver conversations that have an impact and persuade their intended audience.
    • Interpersonal Awareness as demonstrated by the ability to notice, interpret and anticipate others concerns and feelings and to communicate this awareness empathetically to others
    • Influence Others as demonstrated by the ability to gain others’ support for ideas, proposals, objectives, projects and solutions
    • Building Collaborative relationships as demonstrated by the ability to develop, maintain and strengthen partnerships both internal and external to the facility
    • Customer Service Orientation perspective as demonstrated by the respectful, positive manner in which one responds to expressed concerns and the strong desire to find resolution and meet people’s needs
    • Information Gathering as demonstrated by the ability to identify information needed to clarify a situation and using skillful questioning to draw out information from reluctant sources
    • Thinking abilities including analytical, forward, conceptual and strategic abilities to enable one to tackle a problem, anticipate implications and consequences, find effective solutions and planning for the future direction of the Home
    • Initiative to identify what needs to be done and take action before being asked or the situation requires it
    • Results oriented to enable one to focus on the desired results, sets challenging goals and meeting or exceeding them
    • Thoroughness as demonstrated by ensuring that one’s own work, the work of employees and all information collected and shared is complete and accurate. Ensuring that commitments are fulfilled
    • Decisiveness as demonstrated by the ability to make difficult decisions in a timely manner
    • Self Confidence
    • Stress management
    • Personal Credibility
    • Flexibility

Position Specific Competencies

    • Clinical practice knowledge
    • Delivery models/designs knowledge
    • Safe practice initiatives
    • Utilization
    • Quality improvement Initiatives
    • Risk management theory & practice
    • Sound understanding of Ethical practice
    • Consistently acts as a role model for advocacy
    • Sound understanding of Union Contracts & Negotiations
    • Possess the person centered qualities and attitudes that respect the spirit, dignity and individuality of the Resident/resident and their family
    • Understands and is able to integrate a philosophy of person centered care into the daily operations of the nursing department
    • Able to supervise staff including the ability to mentor, coach and empower staff
    • A working knowledge of budgeting
    • Able to work independently and as part of the Leadership Team

Educational Qualifications

    • Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Physiotherapy, or Occupational Therapy required.  Masters Degree is preferred

Experience Required

    • 5 years management experience in nursing
    • Experience in gerontology nursing an asset

Arts Canopy Project Benefits Celebrated

The Arts Health Antigonish Arts Canopy project was recently recognized with an artwork unveiling.

A well-attended art unveiling at R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, Sept. 26, served as an appropriate time to recognize the good work done, as well as continuing efforts of, Arts Health Antigonish’s (AHA) Arts Canopy Project.

“Arts Canopy Project is an Arts Health Antigonish initiative which has helped to bring a number of arts-based projects to people; seniors and other folks, who are living in the community,” program co-ordinator Mary Partridge told the audience gathered for the unveiling, in the front foray of the nursing home on Pleasant Street.

You can read the entire article, which was posted on October 4th, on the Casket’s website here.

‘A very special man’

Our celebration of a very special man was recently featured in the The Casket.

   On Jan. 16, Charlie Worth was the guest of honour as he and some family members joined staff and residents of the home for plenty of reminisces and, of course, a lot of laughs.

You can read the full article here on the The Casket’s website.

R.K. residents reflect on festive season

Reflections of our Residents were recently featured in the The Casket.

    For Mary E. Walsh, memories of a young teacher putting on a Christmas concert in a one-room schoolhouse came flooding back.

You can read the full article here on the The Casket’s website.