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Recognizing Our Employees

At Devereux, our employees are the heart of our organization and our most important asset. Every day, these skilled and selfless individuals strive to provide the best possible care and support for the children, adolescents and adults we serve. We honor our talented team members in various ways, including the following article series. Look below to access our Healthcare Heroes and Servant Leadership Snapshot webpages and read features shining a light on our passionate and compassionate staff. 

  

Healthcare Heroes

Celebrating Devereux’s Healthcare Heroes: 
Spotlight on Tammy Maguire – Devereux Arizona nursing manager

At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, our employees are at the heart of everything we do – and are key to our success. These individuals selflessly give of themselves on a daily basis to help improve the lives of children, adolescents and adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences. Our “Healthcare Heroes” series shines a light on our team members who humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others.


Tammy MaguireTitle:
Nursing manager
Center/office location: Devereux Arizona - Scottsdale
Length of service: June 2021

In your role, what are your main responsibilities?
I supervise nursing staff and communicate with all members of our Residential Treatment Center team. I also hire, train and onboard new staff; provide ongoing education; and implement new procedures and revise current ones. Most recently, I oversaw N95 mask fit testing of all staff members who provide direct care to our individuals.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The absolutely most rewarding part of my job is seeing the progress our individuals make during their stay, and then hearing their success stories after they discharge. Being part of a close team is something that makes everything better. Forming strong bonds within the team and bouncing ideas off one another to come up with better solutions allows you to do so much more for yourself, our team and the individuals we serve.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Take care of yourself first or you will have nothing to give to others. Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.

How do you demonstrate Servant Leadership principles on a daily basis?
I try to treat everyone with respect and follow through on commitments. I exhibit a positive attitude and try to see more than one side to a story. I am patient, listen to others and respond calmly, even in high-pressure situations. I have empathy for others, and encourage colleagues to be the best they can be.

What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?
I have five grown children and 13 grandchildren. I was a stay-at-home mom for 19 years, home-schooled my children and then attended college with four of them.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?
I am passionate about what I do. This is more than a job to me - it is a continuous commitment to show up with the desire to improve individuals’ lives. Nursing in general is stressful and demanding, but when you are passionate, your work is extremely rewarding. I lead with integrity and pay attention to details. I adapt to changing environments, and am flexible and accommodating to new schedules. I won’t ask others to do something I wouldn’t do myself, and I am not afraid to jump in and get my feet wet - literally!


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Servant Leadership Snapshot

Nacole Moore, Direct Support Professional/Lead Staff

Evan ApplewhiteCenter/office location: Devereux New Jersey - Bridgeton

Length of service: May 2016

How do you embed an inclusive, Servant Leadership mindset into your daily processes?

I’m extremely dedicated to the Bridgeton day program, and on two occasions, I stepped in to run the program when I was needed. I’m caring and upbeat, and try to provide exceptional support to all of the individuals in the program.

How do you inspire others to embrace Servant Leadership practices?

I lead by example, and am always ready to step in and help anyone and everyone.

Share an example or story of how you demonstrated compassion or delivered quality customer service at your center.

I love working on art projects with our individuals in the day program, and assist other staff with art projects for their groups. I’m also always willing to help cook and serve food for special events or holiday parties at the program.


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