Girl Waving

October 30, 2019


Being seen comes in many forms. It means noticing someone, understanding them, and truly caring. CNAs (and all employees) experience this at Avamere Rehabilitation of Coos Bay.

A connected culture

From the moment a CNA joins the team, they’re part of the Avamere culture. It all starts with nursing assistant classes, a 7-week course to prepare them for their new role.

Their leaders then continually support them in their role to advance from a nursing assistant to CNA, medication aide, or wherever the individual wants to take their nursing career.

Ultimately, the leaders at Avamere Rehabilitation of Coos Bay want their CNAs to have the support and tools they need to provide the best care they can.

“We want our employees to feel appreciated,” said Tim Amato, Director of Nursing at Avamere Rehabilitation of Coos Bay.

Tim holds daily follow-ups with his CNAs to hear about how they’re doing and what he can do to help them succeed. He also uses this opportunity to encourage them and express his thanks for a job well done.

A Culture Committee

Culture is such a major piece of Avamere Rehabilitation of Coos Bay that the leaders are developing a Culture Committee.

CNAs can use the committee to share their voice and address obstacles from their point of view. For the leaders, this committee is a way to discuss how to overcome these obstacles and ways to better appreciate their CNAs.

“They’re the hardest working people in the building, and they do a great job,” Tim noted.

Employee appreciation

With a culture so focused on employee appreciation, the team celebrates big! They hold BBQs with giveaways (one time they gave away a BBQ grill), and they’re starting employee of the month recognition along with a coveted parking spot.

But they don’t have to have a big event just to show appreciation – they also take small moments during the day to give their employees a much-needed boost.

The interdisciplinary team help out the staff when they’re busy, and the leadership team is very accessible.

“We spend a lot of time together – sometimes even more than our families. So we want to enjoy each other,” Tim said.

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