nursing co-workers in the Dominican Life Center are dedicated to the well-being
of each sister, and strive to meet her needs while encouraging her to
make choices and to remain independent for as long as possible. Mutuality
of ministry is evident. Co-workers view their work of caring for the sisters
as a ministry. In turn, the sisters minister to each other and to co-workers
through their prayers, presence and support.
pride in individualizing care to meet the unique needs of each sister,
especially those who come to the DLC on a temporary basis to recuperate
from surgery or to receive medical or rehabilitative treatment. Nursing
staff consult with other health care providers and specialists to ensure
that each sister receives the best possible care. Special equipment is
acquired as needed, and medication is provided through a contracted pharmacy.
Open communication is maintained with Chapter Prioresses regarding the
continuing education opportunities are available for the nursing staff.
In particular, regular in-services are offered as well as paid attendance
at approved nursing workshops and seminars. Nursing co-workers receive
training in the latest medications and treatments for supporting memory,
restorative nursing, women's health issues, needs of the older adult,
and end-of-life care. In addition, there is a tuition reimbursement program
for qualified staff who are enrolled in nursing programs.
of Nursing: Alice Schultz