At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others. Tanika Williams – Devereux New York residential manager – was recently spotlighted.
In your role, what are your main responsibilities?
In my role as residential manager, I have the awesome responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations of one of our female residences on campus. I work assiduously, along with my team, to ensure our individuals’ needs and goals are met. For example, I complete progress reports and assessments, and maintain contact with families and address and/or resolve any concerns they might have. I monitor documentation to ensure our residence meets requirements as it relates to the collection of treatment plan goal data and behavioral health data. I also attend and participate in treatment team meetings. When it comes to staffing, I ensure all shifts are adequately covered and accommodate staff requests for time off.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
There are many rewards, but the most rewarding part of my job is watching the individuals we serve accomplish tasks they previously weren’t able to accomplish, or improve on those tasks. I believe in consistency, and have proven time and time again how effective it can be. However big or small the progress, it is indicative of the team being on the right track and, more importantly, that our individuals are invested in growing. Being in a position to assist this population, is not something I take for granted.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best piece of advice I have ever been given is to stay true to who I am, and always trust God. I’d like to add to that, to “bloom where (ever) I am planted.”
Why are you a Healthcare Hero?
I am honored to be recognized in this manner. I work alongside so many heroes here at Devereux and would prefer to think of myself as just a member of the team a healthcare professional. However, for what is it worth, I think I am a healthcare hero because I try to make a difference within my residence. Hopefully that will result in a difference in the campus community
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