It’s National Nurses Week from May 6 to May 12, 2017 and a special chance to thank our nurses. We decided to highlight the nursing staff and what they do at Aid to the Developmentally Disabled (ADD). We spoke with Ann Toy, who has worked with ADD since 1998.

The typical day as a nurse at ADD includes supervised care; reviewing residents’ health with staff; acting as a liaison with doctors and for medical appointments; treating headaches and minor injuries or bruises; dispensing medication; and checking for high blood pressure. A nurse also would assist an individual that needs hospitalization. The nurse would ensure that their special needs are met and that hospital discharge recommendations are followed upon returning home.

“No matter how busy your work day is here, you can’t help but feel appreciated,” said Ann Toy, “I have made connections and friendships with the individuals here and it is very rewarding. It’s something you cannot find in other areas of the medical field.”

Ms. Toy is assigned to three different residences at ADD. She visits each one throughout the week from Monday through Friday. She also works on-call via telephone every other weekend to assist with any medical emergencies. Ann shares her advice with new nurses joining the field and carries on the words of co-worker and nurse, Linda Nugent, who began with ADD in 1986. “Be patient. Get to know each individual better, so you can provide the best care.”

Our nurses continue to safeguard the health of the individuals residing at ADD houses. They are always willing to help beyond their assigned sites and routines. We thank them for all they do throughout the year and honor them during National Nurses Week.

To learn more about the ADD organization, residential housing, job opportunities and advocacy groups, browse our website or call 631-727-6220.