What’s Your Why? Melissa Rogers
“If I can help someone be a better nurse – whether they stay here or move on – to me, that’s success. If I can implement new procedures with care that make a resident feel better, that’s success. Knowing that I can make an impact with both residents and the nurses I’m supporting keeps me coming back for more every day.“
Melissa Rogers is the Director of Nursing for the Residential Community at St. Joseph Home. She, along with the team of 40 nurses she supports, is responsible for the medical care of the 48 residents living in our 6 cottages. Her career began with us as an LPN (licensed practical nurse) after hearing someone share at her college about the mission of our organization.
Before working here, Melissa didn’t have any experience with people who have developmental disabilities.
“There’s something that pulls you at the start– you know very quickly if it’s a fit or not. I remember making connections right away with two particular people,” she said through a smile. “Jordan and Courtney. I still have memories of all the little things I knew and learned about them, every detail.”
Throughout her 14 cumulative years of service, our nursing department has seen an extensive evolution.
“The skills have drastically changed,” she noted. “It’s a much higher acuity level. In my first year, we had one individual on a ventilator, the majority of residents ate by mouth, and there weren’t many people who had a trach so my job was mainly giving them their medication. Now we have 16 individuals with trach tubes, 9 people on ventilators, and at least two-thirds of our residents have g-tubes and no longer eat by mouth.”
The initial connection Melissa felt working with residents has grown along with her skill set, carrying over to the team of nurses she now oversees. Her motivation for both stem from the same place – wanting to help however she can.
“If I can make someone a better nurse – whether they stay here or move on – to me, that’s success. If can implement new procedures with care that make a resident feel better, that’s success. Knowing that I can make a real impact – with both residents and the nurses I’m supporting- keeps me coming back for more every day.”
Melissa combines an empathetic touch and a desire for best practice in every aspect of her role, and we are so thankful to have her on our team. Thank you, Melissa, for sharing the reason you’re a part of our community!