The mission of Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS), “to honor God by enriching the lives and touching the hearts of older adults,” is fulfilled when the actions of our employees demonstrate our stated values. In doing so, they “make their mark” upon those we serve. In our continuing series, “Make your Mark,” we introduce you to PHS employees who are living out these values.
Sheila Tandingan, RN and Clinical Education Manager, is never one to seek the spotlight. Yet the mark she’s made at PHS is unmistakable. So, in recognition of National Skilled Nursing Week, we celebrate this humble servant of God for her valuable skills as a nurse and her effective stewardship, which is a PHS core value.
Not only is Sheila a steward of her time and energy, she draws on rich experience. In 2004 she began as a nurse through the International Nurse Recruiting program, serving at Johanna Shores in Arden Hills, MN. Since then, she says, “In my 15-plus years of fruitful experience with PHS, I have enjoyed doing different roles in various settings in our care continuum. Now I’m excited to assist in the education of nurses.”
Kim Scobbie, RN and Education Specialist, had the pleasure of witnessing Sheila’s early growth. She says, “During her orientation, shortly after her arrival to the U.S., it was evident that not only was she devoted but also she was a brilliant strategic thinker. She grasped her orientation material in two eight-hour shifts, while for most new nurses, it took five days. When I asked her if she had considered becoming a nurse practitioner, she told me she did not want to go back to school. I reminded her that at this pace, she would be called on to do very big things.”
Fast forward to 2020. Kim continues, “Today Sheila is supporting and inspiring COVID-19 affected sites with resources and coaching. She is making her mark with the many amazing teams around her by saving lives and changing the trajectory of families for generations.” (See top right photo: Sheila [left] and Kim [right] at Johanna Shores in 2004 for a Memory Walk.)
Susan Minar, Director of Education and Training, explains that, as a result of COVID-19, Sheila was re-deployed to assist the Employee Health Team to screen employees following possible exposure at work. Susan adds, “She is truly selfless with her time and energy.”
Still another teammate, Mary Springer, also an RN and Clinical Education Manager, describes Sheila, saying, “She brings rich perspective and insight to our work. And she is always wearing a smile and sharing a kind greeting.”
Thank you to the Employee Health Team, the Employee Experience Team and all those who, like Sheila, make their mark by practicing stewardship. And in the words of Nurse Kim, we shout, “Go Sheila go! To God be the glory!”
Do you know someone looking for more purpose in their work? Share the good news and the many opportunities to make a mark at www.preshomes.org/careers.