Congratulations to Ashley Jordan, RN, BSN, director of nursing at Westminster Canterbury-Lynchburg (WCL), who has received the Power of Purpose award from LeadingAge Virginia for demonstrating and providing outstanding commitment to residents within their community.
Team members gathered for a surprise presentation in May as Ashley’s award was announced by Sean Huyett, president and CEO, and Lori Sweeney, LNHA, vice president of health services. Members of the healthcare team offered their personal stories about Ashley’s support and leadership. Their remarks were recorded and shared during the LeadingAge Virginia Annual Conference held virtually in June.
The annual award is given to a nominee who “exhibits respect and consideration for residents, families and colleagues, mentors staff in care capacity to enrich resident life; seeks to enhance the lives of those they serve through openness and development of opportunities for change; and commits to their own professional development. Their commitment to the mission, vision and values of WCL – the power of their purpose – is evident every day.”
“Ashley is a faithful and committed leader with excellent judgment in assessing residents, advising staff members and making the right decisions in meeting the medical needs of our residents,” said Lori Sweeney.
Ashley joined WC-L in 2009 as a licensed practical nurse. She has since earned her degree as a registered nurse and graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor of science in nursing. During the past 12 years, she has served as a team leader, RN supervisor, resource nurse with certifications in MDS, infection control and wounds, and assistant director of nursing with a focus on COVID-19 protocols. Ashley was promoted to director of nurses in January.
Ashley spent the past year guiding Westminster in its fight against COVID-19. She recently led the vaccination process for the campus, vaccinating 70 percent of the organization’s 415 staff members and 550 residents. She also led the contact tracing program for the campus.
“Her work and dedication ensures that our residents and their families are properly cared for with the highest standards expected at Westminster Canterbury,” said CEO Sean Huyett. “Ashley’s dedication to and sincere interest in our residents and her teammates have enabled us to get through very difficult times and, once again, focus on our bright future with her leadership.”
Archibald Lord, MD, medical director for WC-L, praised Ashley for her professionalism, kindness to residents and excellent nursing judgment throughout the past dozen years.
“During COVID-19 this past year, I cannot say enough about the excellent job that Ashley has done,” said Dr. Lord. “She provided education, studied regulations to assure WC-L’s compliance, written policies and developed systems with positive outcomes. These positive outcomes have included three no-deficiency infection control surveys from the Office of Licensure and Certification and controlling COVID-19 infections on a campus of 550 residents.”
Elizabeth (Liz) Kail, retired vice president of health services at Westminster, knows Ashley not only as her team leader but as the nurse who cared for her husband’s parents who lived at WC-L.
“Her bedside manner cannot be compared…strong listening skills, patience, a knowledgeable nurse who had a sense of humor and a nurse who had a confidence about her that generates trust,” said Liz.
Ashley also has assisted Westminster’s healthcare center in its culture change to person-directed living, promoting team members’ daily relationships and routines with residents, emphasizing resident well-being, choice and control, and being well known by the staff members.
“Ashley has worked with our culture change initiative to promote team member satisfaction and enhance quality-of-life and care for the residents,” said Lori.
Lori also noted that as an outcome measurement to Ashley’s work performance and high standards, WC-L is a CMS “5-Star” facility, including five stars for quality indicators. “Ashley facilitates compliance with government regulations,” said Lori. “She promotes operations that consistently follow standards of practice reaching for excellence.”
Watch the full award presentation in the video below.
LeadingAge Virginia is an association of not-for-profit aging services organizations serving residents and clients across the senior care continuum including life plan/continuing care communities, senior housing, assisted living, nursing homes, adult day centers, and home and community-based services.