Polycarp “Poly” Mochama, LPN
St. Catherine of Siena Nurse Recognition New-To-Nursing Award: Polycarp Mochama, LPN
Polycarp “Poly” Mochama, LPN, enjoys making a difference in the lives of assisted living residents at Via Christi Village on McLean.
That's one reason he relishes his role as one of the ministry location’s three Person Respected Care program administrators, where he coaches staff members on providing dignified care to the ministry's residents with appropriate words, attitudes and actions.
“I must say that our administrator picked the best person possible to be a part of (teaching PRC),” said unit manager Sharon Edmondson. “When I attend PRC, I leave feeling motivated and good. Poly is very passionate about being a nurse and helping others.”
He's so passionate he plans to return to school later this year to pursue another degree.
“I want to do more for my residents and expand my level of care for them,” Mochama said, about pursing a registered nurse degree. He completed his LPN training in 2012 at Wichita Area Technical College.
But he's been a longtime employee of Via Christi Villages on McLean, having started as a nutrition aide in 2004 and later becoming a certified nurse assistant. He originally came to Wichita from his native Kenya, where his brother is a doctor, to study medical technology, Mochama said.
Colleagues call him phenomenal and residents adore him, said Courtney Wolfe, executive director of Via Christi Village on McLean. He also provides strong leadership as the second shift unit manager, Wolfe said.
In her nomination letter, Edmondson pointed out Mochama's willingness to work extra shifts or to help fellow staff without being asked.
“During stressful times and difficult patients, I never (see) a change in his attitude, continuity of care or the want and willingness to help others,” Edmondson wrote. “I have always seen Poly go above and beyond to help others no matter what.”