The term “nursing home’’ evokes horrifying images to many. However, I’ve come to see Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in Natick as a shining oasis of gentle care. Beaumont cares for about 45 Alzheimer’s or dementia patients in two units. I go almost every day to help feed my husband, Bob. I can’t praise the aides and other staff enough and wish to nominate Tina Bastarache for your nursing award. Her communication and listening skills make her particularly able to work with the loved ones of her patients to allay their fears. Her knowledge and talent in caring for her patients makes her their good friend. With humor and gentle patience she administers drugs, helps an aide, checks vital signs, is quick to respond when you express concern. She sets the tone for all around her. Tina bounces in with a smile and a hug and brightens everyone’s day. It takes a very special person to care for these dear old people. Tina is such a person.
—Nominated by Mary Jane Hall
Susan is clinical instructor for Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) and is also the Beumont assistant director of nurses. Susan will be a nurse practitioner upon completion of the state exam. She also works for infection control and staff development and has helped produce a marked decrease in the rate of patient infections. As clinical instructor for QCC, Susan assimilates nursing students into the daily operations at Beaumont and they speak highly of Susan’s teaching expertise. She is an ideal role model for providing compassionate care. As the assistant director of nurses, Susan has taken on an administrative role that she was unprepared to assume. However, Susan has maintained budget expectations, addressed personal matters, and provided direction to nurse managers to ensure the continuity of operations in an ever-changing healthcare continuum. Susan continues to have a positive influence with the nurses of today and tomorrow. Her value to patients extends far beyond the walls of Beaumont.
—Nominated by Paul O’Connell