Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries nursing staff is the backbone of the Christlike care being provided to and for our residents. Their efforts are a synergy of heart and hand (love and action). BHHM is making the recruitment of new nurses and retention of current nurses a main priority. Two of the ways we are staying competitive in this effort is offering above average industry compensation and encouraging and equipping our nursing staff with paid training and professional development opportunities.
We are asking donors to give and build a fund that encourages and equips our nurses with professional development that honors, encourages and disciples them to make our care the standard for long-term care facilities. This fund will be used to recruit and train Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). Some of our current CNA’s want to move forward and become License Practical Nurses (LPN) and Registered Nurses (RN). Some RNs want specialized training and education to further their leadership and caregiving skills. Imagine bringing in a prominent leader that encourages and trains them in deepening their nursing skills and faith in Jesus Christ.
How can you help?
Please take a moment and ask the Lord how you should respond in faith and obedience. You may be a faithful donor or first-time giver. Would you join us in showing our nursing staff that they matter to us and that we want them to be the best they can be to provide Christlike care to our residents?
A Generational Legacy of Care
The Heart and Hands of Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries is most directly carried about by those who provide direct care for our residents. Our ministry has been uniquely blessed throughout our century plus existence to family members serve our family. Perhaps the most significant example of this has occurred at our Arcadia Valley campus.
Louann King began working for The Baptist Home at Arcadia Valley in 1971. She came to work as a single mom working in the dietary department. Soon, Gladys Burney, wife of the President John Burney, encouraged Louann to go into nursing. Louann earned her CNA certification and served for 49 years. Our record indicates that Louann has been the longest tenured employee in our history.
Louann’s humble service extended to influencing her children to serve the aging in a Christ-like manner as three of her children, and most recently, her granddaughter is working for BHHM. Kim Sanchez served in housekeeping form 1993 – 2017, Katie King also served in housekeeping from 2007 – 2018, Dylan Ivester served in dietary from 2014- 2016. Most recently Katie’s daughter and Louann’s granddaughter Nora Ivester came to work this year beginning in Housekeeping and now serves in nursing and is working towards her CNA certification and aspires to pursue her RN license.
While this family connection is unique, the need to raise up a new generation of nursing staff is universal in long term care. Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries is seeking a partnership with you to help call out and assist in the training of future nursing staff. We have a small scholarship fund in existence that we hope to grow to be come a substantial source of financial support for those God raises up to serve the nursing needs of the aging.
If you are a BHHM employee that would like to apply for Heart and Hand scholarship funds please contact your campus administrator for details on how to qualify.