Just a few months ago Peninsula Villages recruited Nadia Yazdani as its new Transitional Nurse Practitioner and in just a few months, Nadia is already proving to be an aged care sector pioneer. This month we celebrated Aged Care Employee Day a day to thank, honour, recognise and celebrate the thousands of people who work in the aged care industry across Australia and Nadia is a great example of an employee going above and beyond in residential aged care.
“Aged Care Employee Day is designed to celebrate each and every team member involved in the journey of caring for people who receive aged care services and we are proud to recognise all our staff today,” explained Peninsula Villages CEO Shane Neaves.
“One of our newer members to the team is Nadia who joined Peninsula Villages earlier this year and her enthusiasm and passion for the care and support of our residents has already had an immediate and long-lasting effect on the Village’s culture,” he continued.
Nadia is an award-winning former Emergency Department nurse who masterminded the Geriatric Rapid Acute Care Evaluation program (coined GRACE) for the North Sydney Local Health District.
Her low-cost initiative, GRACE, received national acclaim when it was launched through the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service, with the program focusing on streamlining patients with sub-acute or chronic health issues who were regularly presenting to the Emergency Department.
Under the GRACE model care staff work in collaboration with general practitioners and aged care facilities to avoid hospital admissions and reduce access block and length of stay for older patients.
The initiative is now seen as a highly effective method of improving the aged care experience, with recent data suggesting a significant decrease in unnecessary hospital presentations and improved communication channels between the hospital, general practitioners and the aged care facility.
“It’s fantastic to have such an innovative, forward thinking Transitional Nurse Practitioner as part of our team,” said Shane.
“We’ve already seen her mind at work with the introduction of a handful of new initiatives for our staff and we’re looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next,” he added.
One of those initiatives is an instructional working guide that details the process for identifying a deteriorating resident – one of the most important pro-active factors in ensuring, long term, that residents health and safety is at the forefront of Peninsula Villages’ thinking.
“This is Nadia’s primary aim - being able to educate and inform our care service employees of new, ground-breaking ways of identifying the needs of our residents – so that Peninsula Villages remains a regional leader in aged care,” added Shane.
Nadia’s ultimate goal is to become a nursing practitioner, which is a RN who is experienced in their clinical specialty, educated at Masters Level, and endorsed by the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia (NMBA) to provide patient care in an advanced and extended clinical role.
“We are currently working with Nadia to support her to complete her Nurse Practitioner studies so she can further support our residents with their advanced care needs. A Nurse Practitioner essentially has skills above a RN but just below a GP, allowing our residents to have onsite support with their medications, health assessments and care plans.
“Nadia is a credit to the industry, and she stands for everything that Aged Care Employee Day hopes to celebrate,” concluded Shane.
For more information on Peninsula Villages phone 4344 9199. To find out more about Aged Care Employee Day please visit agedcareday.com.au.