BAYADA Home Health Care had three nurses who were chosen as the top nurse in their respective states in the second annual Nurse Recognition Program, sponsored by the Home Health Nurses Association (HHNA) and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC). Melinda Hughes, LPN (Delaware), Marjorie Smith-Gale, RN (New Jersey), and Renee Lambert, RN (North Carolina), were honored at a special reception at NAHC’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 31.

“The nurses we feature here met a number of strict criteria established by a selection committee made up of seven members from the HHNA advisory board and five members from NAHC’s Forum of State Associations,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

According to Client Services Manager Jenny Scott, “Melinda embodies The BAYADA Way in so many ways, but the one that stands out most clearly is her reliability. In the last two years, she has only been unable to keep four shifts!  Melinda regularly works more than 40 hours a week. This is an incredible record and a testament to how seriously she takes her job and responsibilities to her clients. She is primarily a night-shift nurse and our families know that Melinda will be there to provide excellent care for their children while they sleep.” 

Division Director Virginia Steelman, who nominated Renee, said “Renee’s commitment to her clients makes her an excellent advocate and she is the voice of those who can’t speak for themselves. She is selfless and resourceful. She finds creative ways to meet the needs of others. She builds relationships within BAYADA and throughout our home care community as a clinical leader, advocate, and teacher.”

Director Mary Kleva nominated Marjorie for her perseverance with Christopher S., Marjorie’s 18-year-old client with Down syndrome. During tracheostomy changes, he became frightened and combative, jeopardizing his life and endangering his caregivers. Marjorie helped Christopher overcome his fear by showing him how to change a tracheostomy using a training doll. His mother shared, “Marjorie never gave up on Chris. She helped him become an active, helpful participant in many aspects of his life. She even took him to his senior prom!”

All of the nurses were featured in the May issue of CARING magazine. Pictured above from left to right: BAYADA Founder and President Mark Baiada, Marjorie Smith-Gale, Melinda Hughes, and Renee Lambert.

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