May 13, 2022

The KentRidge Senior Living Celebrates National Nurses Week

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Kellie McElhiney, Executive Director

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week (May 6-12) each year. The nursing profession has been supported and promoted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) since 1896.

Kara Wilhelm, Director of Wellness, is always organized, people oriented, and skilled. She is a remarkable leader and supportive team member. She sets the bar and leads by example. Kara strives for excellence in everything she does. Residents say that she takes the time to answer their questions and they are grateful to have that level of compassion from a Director of Wellness.

Our residents have always given our nurses a great deal of grace. They always are first to say which nurse or med tech is their favorite and why. They think our nurses are the best. I too think they are amazing individuals with the heart it takes to keep this community going. Your dedication, loyalty, blood, sweat, and tears will never be taken for granted. Thank you so much for making this community feel like home for our residents. You are both valued and valuable.

The wellness team stepped up to support the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

They were careful and took the precautions seriously, even when off the clock. With a primary goal to protect our residents, they took on extra tasks and worked hard to maintain the same level of care under the most difficult of circumstances. The team worked countless hours of overtime and even volunteered to stay in the community in case of staffing issues.

I want to give an extra shoutout to Tammy Cunningham. Through all the tears, frustration, and exhaustion, she never gave up. Her kind and sweet demeanor is steadfast.

We will be recognizing our nurses at The KentRidge Senior Living Kent, OH during National Nursing Week. I want to give each of them a small plaque honoring them for individual efforts – I was seen “advocating for my resident”; “helping out a fellow nurse”; or “staying positive during a bad day.” Whatever that nurse was seen doing to make Kentridge a special and beloved place to live will be recognized to let them know that the work they do is important, and we do see them when they shine. Nurses love with their entire soul. It is a special job for only the best of people.


The KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital Portage Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation Inc, Stow-Kent Shopping Center, Kent State Univeristy Museum, The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, and Mad Cap Brewing Company.

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