May 6–12 is National Nurses Week! This year’s theme is “Nurses: Inspire, Influence, Innovate.” To celebrate, we are recognizing six nurses, nominated by the Sunrise Care team, who demonstrate these virtues in our communities every day.

Nicole Ashby is a wellness nurse at Brighton Gardens of Stamford, CT. She has been selected as a nurse who innovates—makes changes in established processes by introducing new methods or ideas.

Nicole began her nursing career by becoming a certified nursing assistant in 2002. She became a registered nurse in 2008 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing education.

Nicole’s passion for education is evident every day as she interacts with both residents and team members at Brighton Gardens of Stamford. She coordinates weekly activities that residents look forward to, including a word game that helps sharpen minds and is among the most highly attended activities in the community.

She is an invaluable resource to new care managers and a leader of the nursing team at the community, always happy to provide guidance to anyone who might need it.

“Nicole’s philosophy on life is that the sky is the limit. She always tries to reach her full potential and encourages others to do so as well,” says Jeanie Ricci, a team member at Brighton Gardens of Stamford. “She never settles for mediocrity.”

Whenever there is a new project to be tackled, Nicole is eager to take it on and assist other team members in any way she can. Her spirit for innovation has been evident as she’s helped the community adopt Sunrise CareConnect, Sunrise’s industry-leading electronic health record system.

When not caring for residents, Nicole makes a positive impact in other facets of life, as well. She is the assistant health director of her church, and she’s instrumental in helping children in the church Live With Generosity by visiting local assisted living communities, nursing homes, and hospitals.

The entire Sunrise family is grateful for the tireless dedication and innovative spirit of nurses like Nicole. Thanks for all that you do! Meet the rest of our 2018 Nurses Week winners on The Sunrise Blog.

Check out #SunriseNurses on Facebook and Twitter to see other Sunrise nurses being celebrated by their fellow team members and friends. Interested in pursuing a career as a Sunrise nurse and becoming a part of the team? Visit our nursing careers page



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