Rydal Park Resident Honored By Jefferson College of Nursing

Joan Randolph recognized for special, long-term achievements

JENKINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (JULY 11, 2016):  Rydal Park, a premier continuing care retirement community in the Greater Philadelphia area, is pleased to announce that resident Joan Randolph is the recent recipient of Jefferson College of Nursing’s Special Achievement Award. This recognition honors significant, long-term achievement of Jefferson College of Nursing graduates.

“I’ve felt that nursing was something that would be very rewarding and satisfying, and comes with a lifelong passion and sense of connection,” said Ms. Randolph. “There are disappointments, such as an individual succumbing to their illness, but there is always a positive. While you may not have been able to prevent certain outcomes for patients, you’ve helped their family through a devastating time. I always have said that nurses do for patients and their families what they can’t do for themselves.”

Ms. Randolph is a 1956 alumna of the Jefferson College of Nursing’s Diploma Program. Following her time there, she spent more than 38 years at Jeanes Hospital, where she worked her way up from staff nurse to Vice President of Patient Care Services. She departed Jeanes in 2005 and shifted into a consulting role at Temple Health System for the remainder of her formal career.

Now retired, Ms. Randolph continues to be involved with the field of nursing by serving on various boards and committees including the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and Jeanes Hospital Foundation and Community Advisories Boards, and Rydal Park Nurses Group – which is at nearly 20 members. Additionally, Ms. Randolph continues to mentor and career counsel fellow nurses through various networking groups and programs such as the Nursing Leadership Committee of the Philadelphia Convention and Business Bureau, where she is an official chairperson.

“Although technology and medical advances have changed the face of the profession, the heart of nursing is still in the simple gestures,” adds Ms. Randolph. “Touching a hand, taking time to ask and explain, and thinking quickly and creatively to solve problems, avert crisis and relieve pain.”

The Jefferson College of Nursing celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

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About Rydal Park

Opened in 1974 and located on a scenic 20-acre campus in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Rydal Park is a full continuing care retirement community that offers independent living across four contiguous apartment home buildings, as well as personal care, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Known for its exceptional location and amenities, Rydal Park has become synonymous with healthy, elegant and quality retirement living. In total, Rydal Park offers 509 accommodations.