Lesia Donalson, clinical auditor/educator for Adoration Home Health, has been named a 2022 Frontline Honors honoree by Home Health Care News.
To become a Frontline Honoree, an individual is nominated by their peers. The candidate must be a dedicated, high-performing frontline worker who delivers exceptional experiences and outcomes; a passionate worker who knows how to put their vision into action for the good of seniors and aging industry professionals; and an advocate for seniors, their industry, and their peers.
Home Health Care News caught up with Donalson to discuss their time in the home health care industry.
HHCN: What drew you to the Home Health Care industry?
Donalson: I had worked in the hospital setting for more than 17 years, mostly in a non-clinical setting, so I wanted to get back into some hands-on care with flexible scheduling. I had experience with home health in my earlier career and knew that it is a unique opportunity to see patients in their element and work towards improving health within the reality ,and sometimes limitations of their resources.
What’s your biggest lesson learned since starting to work in the industry?
In my many years in the industry, I’ve learned that, despite all those years in the profession, there’s always something more to be learned, something more to teach, and someone else to be helped on their path to a better outcome.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part of my job has been, and always will be, interacting with people, and feeling as if I’ve made some small part of their life better in some way. I’ve always loved learning and teaching, but making something turn out better than it was is very rewarding.
What do you want society (or the general public) to know about your job?
Most jobs you can walk away from, but some jobs like nursing are who you are, not just what you do. No one stops a server and asks what’s the best way to wait tables but nurses are always nurses, whether in the grocery, at church, or in the stands at a ball game. Nurses are always working to improve and stay abreast of the newest in the ever changing field of medicine to be the best that they can be for their community.
What may be one thing leaders don’t know, that you wish they universally knew, about your job?
I would really love for all leaders to know and understand the importance of the foundation of education and orientation to the company’s policies and procedures. A little more investment on the front end will improve the Nurse’s commitment to the company and retention of this employee. This commitment translates into quality many times over as well, ensuring mutual benefits for the patient, the nurse, and the company.
To view the Frontline Honors Class of 2022, visit frontlinehonors.agingmedia.com