Ashley Basque, R.D.
According to Dan Schoenleber, director of dining services, Ashley has had an impact on dining services by:
•Acting with the poise and professionalism of a seasoned professional even though this is her first job as a dietitian
•Being the only dietitian on staff for a 240-bed facility, never getting behind in her work and always finding time to assist others in any area she can
•Having a great attitude and being well liked by all residents and staff
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Being able to work in a 240-bed nursing home with no prior experience and keeping up with the busy day-to-day schedule and admissions.
I like to think I am very organized and handle stress well. I am able to work very efficiently due to good organization.
To learn as much as possible, even if it doesn’t directly deal with a nutrition issue. Learn anything you can from co-workers, doctors and other staff; you can never have too much education.
Learning to be confident in myself and not to be afraid to voice my ideas.
My most rewarding moments have been helping patients come off tube feedings and succeed enough to go home with their families.
I would like to obtain a master’s degree in nutrition within the next few years.
There was a call-out in the dietary department and I had to help fill in. I couldn’t figure out how to set up the steam tables. I couldn’t get any of the pieces to stay in place and the food fell in the hot water. Luckily, there was enough extra and everything turned out fine.
I would say that I would have laughed at myself when I first started working. This is my first dietitian job and I was unsure of myself at times in the beginning. But now I feel much more comfortable with my experience.