Renée Schoonover Named Director Of Nursing
Renée Schoonover, R.N., has been named Director of Nursing for Village Shalom. In that position, she is responsible for providing overall vision, direction and administrative coordination for a multi-disciplinary team approach to resident care throughout the continuing-care retirement community.
Schoonover joined the Village Shalom staff in October 2005 as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and earned her degree as a registered nurse while working in that role. She became full-time Minimum Data Set (MDS) coordinator in July 2009, handling resident assessments and compilation of information for Medicare reimbursements. More recently, she has also served as Interim Director of Nursing during departmental transition periods.
She began her nursing career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) prior to enrolling in nursing school. She received her LPN degree from Pinellas County (Florida) Technical Education Center in 1999, and worked in a sub-acute rehabilitation unit in Clearwater, Fla., before returning to Kansas. She then served as LPN-Charge Nurse at HCR Manor Care and Aberdeen Village retirement communities in the greater Kansas City area. She completed her R.N. degree at Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College in 2009.
Karin McCrary, Chief Operating Officer, noted that “Renée has over 15 years’ experience in nursing, with a strong clinical background. She has many strengths, and her critical thinking and nursing skills are at the top of that list. She has worked in acute care previously and is very competent with medically complex residents, which is of critical importance as we continue to serve more residents with multiple chronic illnesses. Renée’s focus on quality care is evident in the decisions she makes. She has earned the respect of those who work with her, and we are pleased to have her assume the role of Director of Nursing.”
“This is a huge and exciting step for me,” said Schoonover. “We have a very strong nursing staff at Village Shalom, and I want to bring out the best in everyone.”
She indicated that the new requirements for electronic medical records (EMR) will have a significant impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of health care at Village Shalom in the future. “We’re moving into the next generation of resident care. We’re almost done with the conversion to paperless records and staff training, and resident care will be more accurate and consistent as we move forward.”
She added, “I’m excited to be part of the Management Team along with so many others who want what’s best for our residents and staff.”
Schoonover and her fiancé, Randy, reside in Louisburg, Kansas, with their sons Riley, 4, and Rayden, 18 months.