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Wedge Fund Benefits Bethany

By June 8, 2020June 10th, 2020News

The Frank L. Wedge Memorial Fund, administered by the North Dakota Long Term Care Association, has awarded Bethany Retirement Living a grant of $10,000 to support the development of a leadership training program for charge nurses.  Half of the grant was awarded in 2019 and the balance was just received at Bethany Retirement Living.

Leadership sets the tone for the overall operation of a nursing facility.  Good leadership strengthens the team and enhances the quality of residents’ lives.

The grant provides funding to design and implement a comprehensive program of leadership training for Charge Nurses.  The success of this group of internal leaders is critical to the success of their teams and the organization.  They are responsible for the provision of resident care and manage the work of caregivers.  Thus, the development of Charge Nurses’ leadership skills will have a broad-reaching impact on the staff and the quality of care we provide residents and patients.

Among the topics to be addressed are communication, coaching, expectations, motivation, leading by example, and attitude.  Funding will be used for purchasing materials and contracting with speakers.

A second $10,000 grant was also awarded to Bethany Retirement Living to enhance teamwork and motivation among Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).  Bethany has about 340 individuals working in that role, representing more than 40 percent of the workforce.

Effective teamwork among Certified Nursing Assistants is an important factor in building a consistent, high-quality living and caring environment for residents and patients.  This is especially true among Bethany’s Resident Care Specialists, a group of CNAs who take on special training and added responsibility in the care of residents.

The grant is to develop a training program for CNAs that will foster a renewed sense of teamwork, cooperation, communication and cohesiveness that will affect the work between shifts, between departments and between campuses.

Bethany Retirement Living was founded in Fargo in 1939 and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Bethany provides high-quality care to the elderly in skilled nursing, memory care, transitional care, rehabilitation, basic care, assisted living, senior apartments, and personal care programs.