Guiding the FISH principal is the FISH committee, an interdisciplinary mix of exemplary employees that demonstrate a strong commitment to Locust Grove Village. The committee plans events for the employees and the residents. We have incorporated Fish as an integral part of the recognition and reward program. When a peer, resident or family member sees an employee demonstrating one the Fish philosophies, they are encouraged to complete a Fish Card. The program continues to develop with great enthusiasm from the Locust Grove Village Team.
In addition to the work of FISH in our organization, there are a number of additional indicators of excellence. Locust Grove Village employs a full-time human resource coordinator as a commitment to the value of employees and their success in the organization.
We have a career ladder for our nursing department. This is promoted to all applicants and current employees. We have a Tuition Reimbursement program to assist nursing personnel in their pursuit of a nursing degree.
We are committed to education for our staff. Our staff are encouraged to cross train in various departments so that we can better serve our residents. We provide continuing education reimbursement and encourage employees in attending workshops. We participate in the Relias Learning online education system.
Staff receive annual performance reviews that explore their personal growth and development. They have opportunity for pay changes as they acquire new skills and demonstrate proficient performance.
Locust Grove Village has a mentor program working with new staff on acclimating to a new workplace and safety issues. The selected mentors are also beginning to work with new hire selection in the interview process.
We utilize a RADAR system for employment which guides our efforts throughout the Recruitment, Assimilation, Development, Assessment, and Recognition.
We strive for changes in the nursing home service delivery systems by promoting culture change principles. We participate in the PEAK program as outlined by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Our interdisciplinary PEAK team meets regularly to foster training and understanding of the person centered model of care.
There is an annual Recognition Banquet to honor our staff for years of service and attendance awards. This is attended by the employee and their guest as well as our Board of Directors
Our activity department began a “Red Shirt Friday” program in which we wear a specially designed shirt showing support for our armed forces. Staff wear the shirts on casual Friday as well as get the residents involved by wearing red. It creates a unity among our staff, the residents and the greater community.
The nursing home offers a full range of benefits for the employees. There are two options for health insurance coverage; paid in part by the employer. We offer dental; life; and Aflac supplemental benefits. The Board of Directors matches 3% for retirement savings in a Simple IRA plan. We have vacation and paid time off benefits. We have shift and weekend differentials. At Locust Grove Village, our Team ROCKS!!