Congratulations to Melanie Ide, RN, from Englewood Hospice House, the May Tidewell Difference Award winner. Her nomination explains how she makes a difference at Tidewell.
“I first came to know Melanie at the PCHH a few years ago. She always works day tour and I always work night tour. We spend most of our interactive time together in shift report. This is where I have come to know and admire the “true hospice nurse” in Melanie. As she is sharing the day’s events with me, we brainstorm together on ways to make our patients more comfortable and get their symptoms better managed and their families embraced. She makes a point of preparing the patients and their loved ones for my takeover, prior to the start of my shift. Together we stop in each patient’s room and she makes the formal introduction and also assures them they are in good hands. How wonderful for me, that I am starting my shift having patients and families both trusting in my abilities. She has a gentle way of putting folks at ease and making them feel safe and secure. Most times in our profession, that is half the challenge. No matter the situation, she remains calm and poised. Melanie brings to Tidewell her hospice training from England and together with the skill-set learned at Tidewell, has made for the ‘ultimate in patient care’ at the Englewood Hospice House. Patients sometimes do not stay with us long at the hospice houses, so our time to make a difference is limited. Melanie achieves this most every time. Melanie is always offering to help her co-workers, provide guidance when needed and is never afraid to secure the assistance of her colleagues, if the situation warrants it. I myself have learned so much from her and know that we at Tidewell are Blessed to have her on our TEAM!”
Melanie was recognized by CEO Gerry Radford with a certificate, a special Tidewell Difference pin, a $50 gift card and one day of personal leave.
Nominations for the Tidewell Difference are accepted at any time, and can be made using the form posted on Happenings. All non-supervisory colleagues – full-time, part-time or PRN – are eligible. In order to win, nominees must be in good standing and have been employed with Tidewell for at least six months. Nominations should be based on specific action(s) taken by a colleague that demonstrates one or more Tidewell Core Values.