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Erika Page

REGION: 2 – Central New York
09/13/17
Erika Page

Position: Licensed Practical Nurse

Years of Service: 11

ERIKA’S FAVORITE OR MOST REWARDING PART ABOUT BEING A DSP:

Erika will always advocate for the individuals’ best interest and goes above and beyond in her licensed practical nursing (LPN) duties to provide exceptional care.

ABOUT ERIKA:

Emily Furner, Developmental Assistant 1, says Erika has devoted more than 11 years of her life to caring for a group of unique and complex individuals. “She always goes above and beyond in her job duties and is always willing to jump in to help anyone in need, whether it be coworkers, clinical staff or the individuals themselves.”

“She is efficient and independent in her duties as an LPN and provides excellent care to the individuals,” Furner continues. “Erika takes time to go over procedures and protocol with other staff, to make sure everyone knows how to correctly provide the high standard of medical care required. Erika's medication room is like a showroom, the survey team has complimented her several times on the organization and cleanliness of the room.”

One example proves Erika's knowledge and excellence in her job, comes from when an individual became distressed and required cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Erika jumped in to perform CPR with the help of another staff member and revived the person.

“She then managed to remain calm and provide assessment and care to the person, until the emergency unit arrived,” Furner says. “Erika's steadiness and sureness was remarkable, even in such a high pressure and stressful situation. She carried herself with compassion and ease. As a supervisor, you couldn't hand-pick a better LPN to work with.”

Erika always reports to work on time and is ready to dive into whatever the day has in store. Furner says she handles all medical situations with knowledge and ease, always helps with household duties, or jumps in to assist a coworker, manager or clinician with whatever they may need.

“Her medication room is always fully stocked, organized and user-friendly so no one is confused or overwhelmed while passing out medications,” Furner says. “Erika is professional, kind, knowledgeable and hilarious.

“Her wit is unmatched, and she has an uncanny ability to make you laugh in even the most stressful situations,” Furner adds. “Getting to know and working with Erika over the past two-and-a-half years has been nothing short of a pleasure. I am so fortunate to have her as a team member.”