Avamere wouldn’t be what it is today with our CNAs. They sit with our patients and residents, listening to their stories, their successes, and their fears. They care for them in their time of need, often serving as a support for family members as well.
The life of a CNA is for those who have a heart for caring, patience, and a lot of love.
This is also true for CNAs at Bend Transitional Care in Oregon. Here’s a little peek into what life is like in this skilled nursing community.
CNA classes and mentorship
Nursing assistants at Avamere have support to gain their certification. Bend Transitional Care offers free nursing assistant classes for individuals to expand their skillset and begin a career in long-term care.
Nicole Rowlett, Director of Nursing Services at Bend Transitional Care, asks people to come to the classes with an open mind and a willingness to learn and work as a team. If you’re looking to kickstart your nursing career, sign up today!
They also provide mentorships to guide team members along in their career with opportunities for growth. One CNA at Bend Transitional Care moved up to become nursing manager.
“They start as a CNA and they stay, and I think that says a lot about our culture and who we are as a team,” noted Nicole.
Nicole herself began as a floor nurse in January 2013. Starting at the community part-time, she worked her way up to resident care manager, moved to Salem at Avamere Court at Keizer as the director of health services in memory care, then came back to Bend as the DNS.
Her experience shows that no matter where you begin, there’s room for growth with hard work and support from your team.
Equipped for quality care
Bend Transitional Care is proud to hold a four-star Medicare rating, which evaluates quality measures and staffing.
Serving the area for six years, this skilled nursing community has great employee longevity. The culture just might be part of what makes team members want to stay. They enjoy perks like schedule flexibility to work around their schooling and employee recognition through the LARK program. Team members can recognize their peers when they look for ways to help, ask how others are doing, respond with attentiveness, and show kindness the Avamere way.
Bend Transitional Care is also equipped for quality care with a large gym featuring state-of-the-art equipment and 60 private or Jack-and-Jill rooms with lots of room for moving around. They also track everything electronically – CNAs can chart on tablets without having to go back to the nurses’ station.
But what really makes a big difference in the culture is the relationships.
According to Nicole, they’re a close-knit team who love to spend time together outside of work. And it’s not just a strong relationship between co-workers; they’re close with patients too!
“I feel like that’s why people work in skilled nursing – they have the opportunity to slow down and get to know their patients,” said Ashley Noble, Administrator at Bend Transitional Care. “Our staff get time to learn and grow with our patients.”
The Bend lifestyle
And of course, what Ashley and Nicole refer to as “the Bend lifestyle” is a huge perk of working in the area.
“It’s Bend,” Ashley said. “You’re on the mountains skiing, floating the river, and hiking. It’s the culture, the music, the atmosphere. It’s the Bend lifestyle.”
You could be a part of the team at Bend Transitional Care!