Emory Healthcare's Budd Terrace Nursing Home's new Director of Nursing, Kathy Wyatt, RN, MS, says she is excited about the challenge ahead.
"Emory Healthcare has a wonderful reputation," said Wyatt. "I had a golden opportunity I couldn't pass up." And deciding to work for an organization such as Emory, Wyatt said she made the right decision.
Former director of nursing for Beverly Healthcare in Decatur and a cardiac nurse for St. Joseph's Hospital with degrees from DeKalb College, North Georgia College and Georgia State University, Wyatt brings a strong background of both education and experience.
"Kathy brings a wealth of experience in long-term care that will allow nursing at Budd Terrace to achieve even higher levels of quality care," said Becky Provine, RN, director of nursing administration at Emory's Wesley Woods Center. "Her dedication to staff education will provide the impetus for growth and professional development of our staff, and her vision for Budd Terrace is a good match for what we have been trying to achieve."
Wyatt's vision includes making Budd Terrace the "premiere" facility in metro Atlanta for long term nursing care through numerous strategic efforts, including building the newly established Medicare program as well as the acuity of Budd Terrace.
As director of nursing at Budd Terrace, a 250-bed nursing home, sub-acute and rehabilitation facility on the campus of Emory's Wesley Woods Center, Wyatt is in charge of fine-tuning and coordinating the day-to-day activities of a 150-person staff of RNs, LPNs and nursing assistants and overseeing the quality care given daily to the residents. She began her duties at Budd Terrace on April 26, 2004.
Despite the current shortage of nurses, Wyatt and her staff interview numerous applicants on a daily basis.
For new graduates wanting to land their first real job, Wyatt said she welcomes them because "they come in fresh and are ready to learn new things." As for nurses just starting out, Wyatt says, "geriatric nursing is the wave of the future. It can be very exciting and very gratifying."
Wyatt, currently residing in Duluth, her home for more than 25 years, is also the President of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration/Georgia Chapter for long-term care and founder and president of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization Georgia chapter.