Brookdale Careers

  • Nurse Honored for Dedication to Seniors

    May 10, 2017

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    It was during her last month of nursing school, while participating in a preceptorship at a rehab facility that Regina Rice discovered how much she could gain by working with seniors.

    “I realized how much knowledge they had, that I could learn from them, and it was just the stories and they were funny, and… I just fell in love with them,” Rice said. “It’s like… this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

    Regina Rice, licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse (LPN/LVN) at Brookdale Edgewood, was named a 2017 Hero Award winner at the 2017 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference. (PRNewsfoto/Brookdale Senior Living)

    Regina Rice, licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse (LPN/LVN) at Brookdale Edgewood, was named a 2017 Hero Award winner at the 2017 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference. (PRNewsfoto/Brookdale Senior Living)

    Rice, a nurse at Brookdale Edgewood, was one of five winners of the 2017 Argentum Hero Award. The dedication she’s shown to residents and fellow associates was noticed by Brookdale Edgewood executive director Jeanette Bredestege, who nominated Rice for the award. A panel of judges voted to determine the winners and the awards were presented during the Argentum Senior Living Conference in Nashville, May 1-3.

    “Regina is a role model for every associate in our community,” Bredestege said. “Everything she does, she does with compassion and excellence. She’s an example for excellent care and positivity. She not only sets the bar but overachieves on the need for high standards of care for our residents.”

    In an Argentum-produced video, fellow Edgewood associate Rachael Tressler, a resident care associate, shared a story about how Rice helped a new resident and continuously influences her coworkers to make a positive impact.

    “We had a resident that was not fitting in well. She was just not getting along with people she was kind of closed off to herself. And Regina took it upon herself to like sit down and ask the resident what her interests were, what he hobbies were, what her life was like,” Tressler said. “That got her to kinda open up out of her shell, and she does that for workers too. Regina has definitely increased my passion for the elderly.”

    Rice said Brookdale’s residents and their families bring her the “most joy.”

    Best of the  Best

    Argentum also honored Brookdale for achievement in innovative technology. Brookdale’s Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program captured a 2017 Best of the Best Award for showing unparalleled passion and commitment to providing an optimal environment for residents and families. Through the EIR program, Brookdale has been able to evaluate products and services intended to benefit residents and help entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

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  • 7 Tips to Sharpen Your Skills for Your Job Search

    May 4, 2017

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    Looking for a resume booster or something to talk about and up your chances in an interview? Sharpen some of your skills! We’ve put together a list of ideas to help you get it done.

    1. Love the literature. There are books on everything you are interested in. Head to the library or your favorite on-line store to check out what is available. Books are great, but you don’t have to read novels or chapter books to sharpen your skills through reading. If long reads aren’t your thing, listen to a book, check out a trade magazine, or look up an on-line article. Do you like the freshness of following a blog? Find one that hones in on the areas you want to improve in.

    2. Take in digitally. Reading and listening is a great way to learn, but videos and documentaries can also provide great information. You can look on-line for videos, believe it or not, especially on YouTube! Netflix always carries a large range of documentaries too.

    3. Accreditation. Consider earning an accreditation in your field. Not only does it look great on your resume, but gives you extra knowledge that will give you a leg up on your next interview or opportunity for a promotion. Accreditation programs vary, and can require quite a lot of time and effort, but can be very beneficial in the long run.

    4. Get certified. Are there certifications in your field that would put you ahead of the rest? Certifications are an excellent opportunity improve your credentials and make you a more desirable candidate on your job search. They also may improve your paycheck, as some of them automatically mean a higher starting salary.

    5. Join a Professional Organization or Networking group. These kinds of groups offer industry specific training. They offer newsletters, conferences, mentors and even professional contests sometimes! Situations like this also allow for opportunities to find out about job opportunities. If you are trying to make a career shift, organized groups can be a great compliment to all of your other job search efforts. Do you know what groups are in your area? Other, more informal groups like those on LinkedIn and Facebook can provide some of the same opportunities than the formal ones. In fact, sometimes it is easier to ask questions in these groups because the in-person pressure is off!

    6. Look under your nose. You may have opportunities to sharpen your skills right in your own office. See what your colleagues are working on and offer to help or participate. Maybe you can shadow, sit in on a meeting, or assist with some research. You also can network in your own office. Take breaks with co-workers; go to lunch or a social event where you can pick their brains for information or skills you need.

    7. Volunteer. Do you want to improve in an area but can’t do it on your company’s time or dime? Give to your community and sharpen your skills! Often you can ask to volunteer in your area of interest. You’ll meet new people, gain new skills and maybe even find out about valuable job openings!

    “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”

    ~Chinese Proverb

    If you are job searching you need to always stay sharp. If you are in a career or with a company you are satisfied with… and want it to stay that way, you also need to keep your skills on-point. We’ve outlines several ways that are accessible and attainable to help you be at the top of your game. Now, it is up to you to develop your plan, put it into action, practice, and follow up. Stay sharp!

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