Finding Quality Nurses for Patient Care is Her Goal
Many of us are facing the difficult choices of how to care for an aging parent or loved one. In addition to considerations of cost, there’s the issue of what kind of care they might need. One woman in Ocean City is making sure that families have options and home health care is a great choice.
Anita Battista founded Nurse Professionals Home Care LLC in 2000 after seeing the need for professional nurses in a home care setting. “I wanted to incorporate the need for quality nursing staffing and teaching into a company that would provide our customers with the highest level of nurses at hospitals,” she said.
In 2009, as the economy was taking a dip, Battista decided to add the Home Care license of a Residential Service Agency (RSA) to the company’s credentials. They are currently the only company on the Eastern Shore of Maryland that is dual licensed as a nursing staffing agency and an RSA. This allows them to meet the needs of hospitals and long-term care facilities along with clients in need of quality home care services.
Building the best team has been Battista’s goal since she opened her doors. Her commitment to excellent pay, flexible scheduling and continuing education has helped her attract and keep the most qualified and experienced nurses on call for the company. Battista has more than 17 years of experience in the healthcare arena. Prior to starting her own business, she had been in medical sales and graduating from college with a degree in Biology and Nursing from Towson University. She earned a degree in secondary education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and went on to teach high school biology in Anne Arundel County for a year and a half.
She has two sons, one in college and the other in high school, and she stays very active in the community. She was a BSA Cub Scout leader for 7 years, Christ Church Sunday School teacher, soccer coach, Alumni of Kappa Delta Sorority, member of JAG, Member of Eastern Shore Senior Provider’s Network, Member of the Chesapeake Registry, Member of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Advisory Council for Chesapeake College Nursing Program.
She first discovered MCE when doing research about what help was available to business owners on the Lower Shore. “MCE does a great job at offering educational opportunities to businesses who need that help,” she said. “They also can offer business financing for those in need of opportunities to increase their working capital in business. MCE has been very supportive in their efforts to increase business for companies on the Eastern Shore.” Her long term goal include continuing to provide a great work environment for employees who want to work, learn and grow. “I also want to be able to provide both to facilities that we staff, along with the clients that we service in home care, quality beyond measure. We have an RN available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to answer any questions that our clients may have on off hours, holidays or weekends. This is important for medical concerns, because as we all know, medical questions and concerns don’t always happen between 9a-5p.”