Williston Rehab welcomes new Director of Nursing

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

From a 13-year-old candy striper to the director of nursing at Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Tennessee native Anita Croinex has led a varied and exciting career in medicine.

Crionex has been in the latest position about six weeks, but she's already assessed some problematic areas and has taken some steps with staff to get them corrected.

It's what she does best, she said.

Her career, which spans 32 years, began as a candy striper and led the progression to CNA, LPN and finally RN.

For many years, she took her skills on the road – literally – as a traveling nurse.

She has spent that time going from facility to facility to help solve problems and prevent further ones.

Overseeing assorted facilities over the United States enables her to make comparisons and unearth plans that work and discard those that don't.

Croinex is both excited and optimistic about her Williston adventure.

"There are a lot of good people in this building," she said.

Each week meetings are held with representatives from every department as they discuss the challenges they face and how departments overlap.

"I've never seen such cooperation," she said. Everyone wants to pitch in and do his part, she added.

Her part, she said, is to provide staff with the education and tools each person needs to do his job.

"I don't micromanage," she said.

Immediate goals include acquiring Joint Commission accreditation, which puts her facility under the same scrutiny as a hospital, accepting referrals for shortterm rehab, like knee or cardiac surgery and increasing the star rating.

"There's a lot of potential here," she said.

So much in fact, that Croinex's traveling days may be over, she admitted. She has purchased a home and wants to put down roots – especially those of the outdoor variety.

"I enjoy kayaking, the water, the outdoors," she said.

She also enjoys music and dancing and spends her down time on the dance floor when she's not doing something outside.

"I have an open door policy," said the mother of two and grandmother of seven, adding she's available for questions or suggestions.