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Nurses Give Gifts to Needy Elderly
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Cutline for photo:  St. Joseph Mercy Oakland nurses and representatives from Home Instead Senior Care, along with Santa Claus, participated in the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program to donate gifts to needy older adults.  Pictured, are, from left: Debbie Fisher, RN; Anita Barksdale, RN; Nancy Wasilk, Community Service Representative, Home Instead: Cathy Campbell, SJMO Director of Nursing Education, Practice and Research: Shannon Wygant, owner, Waterford and Walled Lake Home Instead franchises; Lorraine James, Home Instead Senior Care Community Liaison; Mandi Dorman, RN; and Nan Wilberding, Home Instead Community Service Representative.  Seated in front next to Santa is Sara Insley-Taylor, RN.

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Nurses Gather Gifts For Needy Senior Adults

Nurses Partner with Home Instead for Holiday Project

Pontiac, Mich.—In the spirit of giving, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) nurses joined Home Instead Senior Care to provide holiday gifts for needy local senior adults. Nurses from throughout the hospital participated in the project, coordinated by cardiac nurse Anita Barksdale, RN.  Home Instead provides home care and companionship for older adults.

On their own time, nurses collected slippers, towels, cookie tins, fleece blankets, socks, gloves, sweatshirts and gift cards to the project.  Home Instead will help with the gift distribution. 

St. Joe’s nurses donated gifts for Home Instead’s “Be a Santa to a Senior” project.  The donation of the gifts took place Dec. 6 in the hospital lobby.  Santa Claus was on hand to receive the gifts to be distributed, and afterward visited patients in the hospital’s Pediatric Unit.

“I am extremely proud of my team for the work they have done on this initiative,” said Ann McDonald-Upton, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer.  “One of our focuses for the nursing division this year was to not only concentrate on a commitment to our Magnet journey, but also to increase our community involvement.  This project is another wonderful example of our SJMO nurses making a difference in the community.”

The donation of gifts by the nurses is part of their community service qualification for the hospital to achieve the Magnet designation.

Magnet designation refers to the American Nursing Association’s (ANA) Magnet Recognition Program®, which recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Magnet designation is the highest credential for top quality nursing. It was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the ANA.