Donna Polk has been a great asset to May Institute’s Florida Division during her first year on the job, accomplishing an impressive number of program goals. Since she joined the Florida program as the healthcare coordinator in June 2013, she has been an advocate for better medical care for the individuals we serve.
Over the past year, Donna has developed a strong rapport with local agencies such as the Agency for Persons with Disability (APD), an organization that has recognized her for her efforts to improve medication management in the Florida program.
Donna took a leadership role in the process of finding the psychiatrist who now sees and treats the individuals in our program. This has resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of behavioral incidents that occur.
She also took the initiative in finding a pharmacy that understands our programs and individuals. This has helped decrease a number of pharmacy-related errors. She helped implement the new medication safety monitoring system that has improved the accuracy of medication management.
And, thanks to Donna, the Florida Adult Services program has been accredited by the American Safety and Health Institute.
Donna is also an enthusiastic advocate for staff, always available, and always providing vigorous training for those who provide care. She genuinely cares about each and every member of the staff as well as the individuals we serve.
“To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through is to be a nurse.”* That describes Donna Polk, and we salute her during Nurses’ Week 2015!
(*Quote by Rawsi Williams)
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