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Home care in Traverse City, MI

  • 3191 Logan Valley Road
  • Traverse City, MI 49684

Director of Nursing Care at Traverse City, MI

Providing RN Oversight on Every Case

Maria Wardell, RN - Director of Nursing

How long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse since 2019. I practiced as an LPN for a year while I completed my Associated Degree in Nursing and am currently working on my bachelor’s degree in nursing.
What expertise and experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
I have been in the healthcare field for over 16 years in many different roles including as a home health aide, in management, to payroll/billing and now in nursing. A large majority of my experience prior to nursing has been with Brightstar Care of Northern Michigan.
As an LPN, I worked in a Skilled Nursing Facility which provided me the environment to gain experience in a wide range of skills including wounds, dementia, hospice and more. After I graduated with my ADN, I was a bedside nurse for a medical/surgical unit at Munson Hospital for 8 months before deciding my heart is in home-based care. I have spent the past year and half as a Hospice RN Case Manager out in our community.
What part of your job are you most passionate about?
I’m passionate about improving patients’ quality of life and meeting them where they are. If a patients’ wish is to stay at home, then I am passionate about helping them achieve that. The quality of care we provide is of the utmost importance.
What are three unique strengths you bring to BrightStar Care?
1. I worked for Brightstar from 2011 until beginning of 2018. I began as the scheduler and then was promoted to recruiter and then accounts receivable manager.
2. I have the unique strength of combining my clinical knowledge with my intuition to meet clients where they are at and helping them achieve their goals.
3. I have an unwavering calm demeanor. I find this skill has been helpful when walking into people’s homes, typically in a crisis of needing care for a loved one.

Kari Erdman, RN, BSN - Assistant Director of Nursing

KErdmannWebsite.pngHow long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse since 2003, I graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. I have been a Pediatric nurse for my entire career, 19 years. I have practiced at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and McLaren Northern Michigan. In addition, I practiced as an Obstetric and Labor and Delivery nurse for 7 years.

What expertise and experience do you bring to BrightStar Care?
With my experience in Pediatrics and Obstetrics, I have learned to care for the entire family. I feel this is especially important at BrightStar Care of Northern Michigan. In order to provide the best possible care for each client, we must be able to meet the needs of the family as well. Throughout my career, I have prided myself on providing excellent patient and family education through professional communication. Communication is another crucial aspect of the care we provide at BrightStar Care of Northern Michigan.

What part of your job are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about providing quality and compassionate care to all our clients and their families. The primary goal is keeping clients in a place that makes them happy and comfortable. Helping clients to stay in their homes, safely and around loved ones, while meeting their needs is a priority.

What are three unique strengths you bring to BrightStar Care?
1. Communication- Being able to communicate with clients and families to best meet their needs to provide an ongoing plan of care. Having the ability to listen to help guide the care we provide at BrightStar Care of Northern Michigan. As well as interpret, clarify, and assess the non-verbal cues and the environment.
2. Quality and compassionate care- Providing the highest quality, compassionate care to meet the unique needs of every client.
3. My passion for nursing and the care of people has always been a strength in all my nursing roles. Nursing to me involves so many aspects; caring for people, educating patients and families, being a person to confide in, one who brings comfort, as well as being a person to hold someone’s hand.

Ann Hadfield, RN - Director of Infusion Services

How long have you been a nurse?
I have been a nurse since 2004.  Much of my career has been focused specifically as an oncology nurse. I have been able to develop a diverse and valuable skill set encompassing in-depth patient assessments, chemotherapy education, phone triage, chemotherapy infusion both in-patient and out-patient, and auditing patient charts in compliance with the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative.  Prior to becoming an RN, I worked as a nursing assistant at a summer camp and on a medical/surgical/stroke unit.  I also worked as a nurse technician and received excellent mentorship from strong, capable, and experienced nurses.

What Experience and Expertise do you bring to BSC?
My experience providing direct patient care, education to patients and their families, and working to provide exceptional care to each patient is an asset to Brightstar Care.  I have worked with countless families during difficult life transitions and have worked to provide compassionate, patient-centered care.  My desire is to take what I have learned and use it to provide care that is focused and unique to each client I will have the honor of serving.
What part of your job are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about providing quality, compassionate care. I am equally passionate about helping to train and equip our care team to provide Brightstar Care’s model of client-centered care. Each client, each family has a unique set of needs and goals and I absolutely love meeting with people and putting together a path forward to help meet those needs and goals.  I am excited to broaden my own skill set in ways that will serve our clients and company well.  I am proud to be a part of Brightstar Care!
What are 3 unique strengths you bring to BSC?
1.  I have always had a very strong work ethic which was instilled in me at a very young age.  I believe that hard work, dedication, and the passion behind those things can move mountains and make dreams happen. 
2.  Compassion is the heart of a nurse in so many ways and truly represents mine.  I hope that I can always use this strength to bless my clients and coworkers. 
3.  I have keen clinical intuition and experience and am very thorough in assessing client needs.  These skills are needed in creating Plans of Care that are unique and focused to each individual client and family. 

_INS_Logo_200wide If you have questions about how RN oversight works at BrightStar of MI - Northern Michigan, or if want to speak with our Director of Nursing, please call us at (231) 929-7827.