New nurse wins award
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New nurse wins award

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A recent graduate of St. Lawrence College is earning awards and praise after less than one-year of field work.

“I graduated as a Registered Practical Nurse at the Brockville campus last year,” confirms Melissa Ballerscheff. “I thought it was the ideal profession to go into.”

Speaking from Carveth Retirement Lodge where she has worked as the Duty Nurse for the past nine months, the 22-year-old smiles brightly when she hears she is the home’s Employee of the Month for February.

“I’m flattered and a little surprised,” she responds happily.

Asked to describe herself, the young nurse uses words such as friendly, positive and outgoing. She is the proud owner of a dog.

“I like to spend time with my friends,” she says with a smile.

A resident of Brockville, Melissa was nominated for the award by Lodge Manager Phyllis Lorbetskie.

“Melissa is a hardworking, talented nurse,” confirms the manager. “She helps our home by picking up extra shifts which relieves the workload for others. She is a compassionate caregiver and effective leader. She is a tremendous asset to our team.”

“I really enjoy working here,” notes Melissa when asked about her work.

“I like the relationships I have with all of the residents. It’s nice working with seniors. I have trained in a variety of settings, but I enjoy this part of nursing the most. I think the elderly have a lot of wisdom to share.”

Responsible for the health care of approximately 40 residents in the retirement lodge, a typical workday for Melissa consists of administering medication, completing medical assessments and collaborating with physicians.

“I feel like everyone is proud to work here,” she says while taking a short break from her nursing duties. “It’s nice to come to work with people who enjoy their job.”

Carveth Care Centre is proud of the accomplishments and commitment of new nurses such as Melissa Ballerscheff. To learn more about living or working at our home, please visit www.gibsonfamilyhealthcare.com

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