About Leslie Williams, RN
My earliest experience with medically compromised children began in 1975, when I was a Senior in High school. I worked with 80 developmentally disabled children at Rome State School, through a self-directed summer camp. I created a 10-week program that included music, arts and crafts, kickball, badminton, meal preparation and rest time. I coordinated other volunteers as well as being personally active in all the groups.
In September 1975, I began my studies in Human Services, intending to become a teacher for children with special needs. I volunteered to take a young boy with Downs Syndrome, to weekly swim class for several months, so his mother could have respite at her home. I learned about delayed childhood development, a mother's devotion and a child's willingness to be nurtured by me. My compensation was laughter and a new understanding of the value held by a child with developmental delays.
I have been an RN since 1983, graduating from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse, NY. My first experience as a graduate nurse was to care for medical and surgical patients with an emphasis on vascular diseases. Shortly after, my own father was diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer. I provided tracheostomy care and Diabetic monitoring for six months to help my mother seek respite within her home.
My next nursing position lasted 10 years, bringing two beautiful girls into the world, spending a great deal of time, encouraging them to become early readers, self-sufficient in age related tasks and continuing to understand the importance of compassion toward others.
During my ten years at home with two small children and a business, I continued to update my knowledge of nursing by taking courses, reading professional material, volunteering and private duty nursing. I learned the importance of self-sufficiency and patience. I returned to nursing by working at a nearby nursing home, caring for young adults and the elderly who were placed there. This experience enabled me to rejuvenate my skills with nursing assessments, medication administration, G tube feedings, wound care, in post-operative and chronic conditions. I had grown up with a Diabetic father and a mother who had been an RN since 1955. I became very involved in the complex value of good nutrition and hydration. I taught many families of patients about the positive effects of a consistent, well balanced diet, especially Diabetic patients. I supervised, trained and disciplined 12 nurses and aides in addition to being responsible for 100 patients, as the Nursing Supervisor on the evening shift. I spent many hours learning about the effects of childhood neglect, ignorance, and poverty of the existing patients I served in the nursing home. I vowed to help change that, in part, by educating families while their loved ones were in the nursing home.
I continued to broaden my nursing career when chosen to be the Nurse Manager for the only young adult unit at Lutheran Care Ministries The clients' (mental) and or physical age was 12-30, in general. This widened my experience with clients suffering from rare diseases such as Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, paralysis, TBI, strokes and Diabetes. I utilized my new skill with Diabetic pumps, IV therapy, blood draws, and chronic pain management. I was given high accolades from my Director of Nursing, following a NYS mandated review from the Joint Commission, just 2 weeks after beginning my new role as charge nurse of that unit.
After this experience I was fortunate to work for Madison County Department of Health, in their Homecare Division. I traveled to a caseload of 25- 30 patients per week, at their homes, to provide wound care, IV medications, supervise aides' care, initiate referrals for physical, occupational, speech therapy. In addition, it was my job to seek Hospice care for home bound patients.
When the state dissolved these county funded services, I had to change jobs.
I worked as a Corrections RN for Madison County Jail. This was a jail with one RN for 50 or more young adult patients. I was responsible for new patient intakes, including suicide and drug addiction assessment. I taught and monitored healthy behaviors for incarcerated mothers and infants. My job included routine, emergency and psychiatric care. I also taught infection control to staff and inmates.
I responded to the most challenging nursing position thus far, which spanned 12 years. I worked at Walsh Medical, part of Mohawk Correctional Facility. This maximum-security prison gave me experience with a wide range of medical problems, both chronic and short term. The median mental age of the patients cared for was conservatively, 14 years of age. I gained experience with how to handle impulsive, abusive, severely psychotic young, male inmates with important guidance from Corrections' officers. I became wound care certified during those years which enabled me to adequately teach doctors, nurses and physical therapists, how to address long term wound care treatment.
After leaving the prison medical system, I sought a position with NYS Developmental Disabilities, this time providing care to severely compromised individuals, many of whom were non ambulatory. I was retrained in proper consistency nutrition for patients with failed, safe, swallow studies. I was retrained in ventilator care and total parenteral nutrition. After one year I transcended to the Apartment Program, within the NYS DDSO. In this capacity I served 20 clients, as their supportive RN. I was involved in every aspect of their medical care, taking direction from their physician. I was responsible for reporting changes to their physician, evaluating the aides care, utilizing the strength of their DA or TTLs recommendations and their overall health. It was such a joy working with these clients, seeing many of them excel far beyond their (initial)diagnosed abilities. Working together with the (often altruistic) homecare aides began my quest for Safe and Sound Respite.
Currently I work full time as one of the Camden Elementary school nurses, serving over 550 children. My position with students, teachers, social workers, physical and speech therapists and my nursing peers has solidified my desire to provide respite care to individual children at Safe and Sound Respite Care for Children located in my home.
My goal is to provide solace to parents in conjunction with interesting experiences for their children while under my respite care.
Leslie Williams, RN
Credentials: BLS ( Basic Life Support)
WCC (Wound Care Certified)
FDC ( Family Development Credential)
RN license# 362133
NPI ( National Provider Index) # 123579487
National COVID-Ready Caregiver Certification (view)
Medicaid waiver monies
Medical insurance verifying, payment date and amount with any balance paid by the parent prior to respite date.
Personal checks with 14 day window for deposit verification.
If a child becomes ill within 48 hours of their respite time, there are two options. 1) I will care for your sick child as long as we have safety measures in place for their return home or hospitalization. This type of care would only be utilized when parents have made plans that cannot be easily cancelled. Parents would need to provide written instructions for emergency care, should the parent be unable to return home in a timely fashion.
Caring for a child with expected or unexpected infections such as strep, staph, ear or GI issues is well within my scope of treatment. Unfortunately for the child this may not be his/her expected respite visit.
As humanly possible I would institute comforting alternatives for a quick recovery.
If a child's respite day(s) are cancelled related to illness, a new date(s) will be positioned for them. There are no monetary refunds as compensation will be alternative days for respite. Rescheduling should occur within six months.
Cost for private pay: 240.00 per day
Respite care budgets through Medicaid give the parents full use of a yearly respite amount.
Medical insurance,that covers respite may not reimburse the full daily cost. Parents must gave me a letter from their insurance company with the expected date of issuance. Parent are responsible (on or before the day of respite) to remit balance to Leslie Willians at Safe and Sound.