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Retired nurses at Eagle’s Trace to participate in staff training at new continuing care neighborhood

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October 23rd, 2012

When staff orientation begins at the new continuing care neighborhood at Eagle s Trace next month, the nursing staff will have the opportunity to participate in simulations with real Eagle s Trace residents. More than two dozen retired nurses who live in the independent living residences at the Erickson Living community in West Houston have volunteered their time and expertise to assist with staff training. I was at a meet and greet in one of our residence buildings when several retired nurses came up to me and expressed an interest in volunteering in continuing care, says Director of Nursing Sandee Sterling. One of them suggested they could help with training. The idea took off from there.

Role playing

The retired nurses will act as continuing care residents in various scenarios. They ll challenge the staff to locate resources, utilize equipment, and update information in the computer system all while keeping the focus on customer service and hospitality. It will give our staff a dry run, says Sterling. It will be good for them to think outside the box before we re up and running. Who knows better than a nurse if something is being done correctly or not? Janet Marvin, a retired nurse with 46 years experience, is looking forward to participating. Most of us have encountered just about every situation, she says. Hopefully, we can help the next generation of nurses.