Teresa Stier: Linda Woolley Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award Winner
Co-Authored by Julie Knop and Rachel Niccum
Each year, LeadingAge Indiana recognizes a nursing professional who demonstrates good mentoring relationships, and enables others to act proactively in the care of residents with the Linda Woolley Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award. This year’s winner is Teresa Stier, long-time employee of Saint Anne Communities.
Teresa started at Saint Anne Communities, then Saint Anne Home, fresh out of nursing school in March of 1980 as a floor nurse. Although teaching had always been her passion, Teresa felt called to follow in the footsteps of a couple Aunts and pursue nursing instead. Being a Catholic, Teresa decided Saint Anne’s seemed the ideal place to start out.
In her 38.5 years as an employee of Saint Anne Communities (so far), Teresa has held many positions such as floor nurse, charge nurse in the nursing home, charge nurse in the assisted living apartments, Quality Assurance nurse and nursing scheduler. Her current management role includes MDS nurse, scheduler, and restorative nurse.
As the nursing scheduler for more than 20 years, Teresa has assisted the Director of Nursing with interviewing and hiring staff. She has also been involved in developing staff incentive programs to decrease turnover and increase retention, such as sign on bonuses, referral bonuses, mentoring programs, and developing a monetary weekend differential. Teresa encourages nurses saying, “Focus on the task at hand, but accept that flexibility is the key,” and to “not worry so much…it will be okay.”
Teresa personifies the Saint Anne Communities mission statement each day. She gives 100% of herself to the residents and the staff. Her first thought is always the welfare of the residents and the staff that care for them. In fact, Mary Haverstick, previous Administrator of 30 years, said of Teresa, “The quality of life for each resident is her greatest concern. She never complained, she just made herself available for the residents and staff. She is truly a missionary living the mission of Saint Anne Communities.”
Through her positive attitude, sincere love for people, and natural teaching talent, Teresa has touched the lives of every Saint Anne nurse and CNA. Teresa has always been the “go to” person for nursing staff and non-clinical staff, as well. Colleagues from every department are comfortable approaching her with questions or concerns because they know she will listen and help. Teresa is a wonderful example of “Excellence in Nursing Leadership,” and well-deserving of the Linda Woolley Award.
The team at Saint Anne Communities is so proud of Teresa!