John Walters Named NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year

Joanne O'Connor

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Paul Wasser, President and CEO of Dominican Village (left) congratulates John Walters, LPN, Nurse Supervisor (right) on receiving the NCAL Nurse of the Year Award

John Walters, LPN, Nurse Supervisor at Dominican Village in Amityville, N.Y  has been named the 2019 Assisted Living Nurse of the Year by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL).  The NCAL Awards Program recognizes exemplary assisted living caregivers and programs. The award winners represent the best of the assisted living profession, a sector of long term care that fosters choice, dignity and independence.

As a nurse supervisor, Walters oversees the clinical needs of the 65 residents at Dominican Village, a 2019 recipient of the Silver—Achievement in Quality Award through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. Walters seeks to improve the quality of care residents receive at this Long Island assisted living community by working closely with case managers to develop care plans, setting goals for his Wellness Department team, and serving as a strong team leader. He is known for going above and beyond the call of duty, often working overtime or checking in on residents, especially those on hospice. His knowledge of and passion for quality, end-of-life care means he is frequently consulted and readily offers additional education and support. Additionally, Walters facilitates a support group for families and caregivers, discussing ways to handle stress, among other topics. John also received the NYSCAL Nurse of the Year award this year from the New York State Center for Assisted Living.

“The common element among this year’s recipients is that they all go out of their way to ensure assisted living residents receive the best care,” said NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle. “Whether supporting their team members, offering their personal time, or connecting with family members, they inspire those around them. NCAL is honored to recognize these exemplary caregivers.”

“Having known and seen the way John performs as a nurse, the choice to award John with the NCAL Nurse of the year distinction could not have gone to a better candidate or nurse,” said Paul Wasser, President and CEO of Dominican Village. “We are blessed to have him in our community to care for our residents and lead his team of nurses and care aides.”

John will be recognized at the 70th AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla. held October 13-16, 2019.