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Monday, 17 July 2017 12:29

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By ROBERT PIERCE

• Leader & Times



Janet Doze recently started work as the health and wellness coordinator at Brookdale Liberal Springs. She has an extensive background in health care.

Doze talked about that background and some of what makes Brookdale different than other assisted living facilities.


Q: What did you do prior to Brookdale?

A: I’ve been a nurse for 39 years. Most of my experience is in critical care. After about 20 years of it, I got burned out, and I started working in doctors’ offices. I’ve done doctor’s offices and some home health.

Whenever I made it to Liberal, that’s when I started working in long-term care. 



Q: What’s your job?

A: I’m new. I am what they call the health and wellness coordinator. It’s I guess the equivalent of an ADON, assistant director of nurses.

I help her with the resident information. I also help out on the floor whenever the girls are short with meds or doing CNA work. 



Q: What brought you to Brookdale?

A: I had heard a lot of good things about it, and Kendra’s (Crane) one of my best friends. She was telling about all the good changes and everything that it’s done. I just got real excited about it. I came over and interviewed and fell in love with the place, and I was blessed when they hired me.



Q: What got you into nursing?

A: I’ve always been a caregiver. I’ve always wanted to take care of others. I had been a candy striper. You’re very limited on what you can do there. I wanted to do more. After being a nurse’s aide for a little bit, I went on in to nursing school.



Q: Where was that nursing school?

A: It was in Shawnee, Oklahoma – Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech.



Q: With the new staff, do you feel like they’re going a different direction than they have in the past, or have you been here long enough to really know that?

A: I haven’t been here really long enough to give a really good answer to that. I know that they’re being very selective on who they hire. They get the nurses’ input on potential hires to see if we’ve known them, if we’ve worked with them, and that goes a long way if we’ve worked with potential employees as to their work habits. We only want the best for our residents.



Q: How long have you worked here?

A: A little more than a month, so I’m really a newbie.



Q: Do you see a lot of difference between Brookdale and other places you’ve worked?

A: I’ve worked in the other two nursing homes in the area. This far and above exceeds any of theirs. We take care of them until God gives them their wings. We cater to them. We make sure that we keep them engaged mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally. There’s a lot of activities that we have, things of interest to them. 

There’s been some places that I’ve worked at that, as far as the activities are concerned, they treat them more like children. They give them color books and stuff like that. There’s not really an 89-year-old person that wants to color who likes to crochet. That really impressed me.



Q: How would you consider the work environment itself?

A: I know the CNAs, they look at a lot of our residents as their grandmas and grandpas. They really want to treat them special. All of our residents are special. They build up a trust and a familiarity with them, and I know that I’ve heard several residents mention that they’re really thankful for us. They include all of us in their prayers. It’s a really good feeling to know that it’s a family situation.



Q: Do you consider the co-workers family?

A: A lot of them, I knew from the other place that I worked at. A lot of them had called me Momma J. Every time I heard ‘Momma,’ I’d turn around and look.

 

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