|Celebrating caregivers on the frontline|
Caregivers across the country celebrated the 36th annual National Nursing Assistants Week in June, a week-long celebration of caregivers. To help honor the valuable Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) working in FHCA's member facilities and raise awareness about their contributions to long term care, the Association hosted its annual CNA Essay Contest and focused on the theme, "Hand to Hand Care from the Hearts of CNAs."
FHCA received more than 70 essay submissions this year, each providing personal and invaluable insight into how CNAs make a difference in the care of persons with dementia.
This year's Grand Prize winner was Janell Joseph, CNA, of Haven of Our Lady of Peace in Pensacola (pictured center). Ms. Joseph received a $500 cash prize and had her essay printed in the June issue of FHCA's Pulse.
Essay contest runners up included Second Place winner Mary E. Thomas with Valencia Hills Health & Rehabilitation in Lakeland and Third Place Co-Winners Amber Pattee with Brandon Health & Rehabilitation Center and Beatrice Grant Barrow with Avante at St. Cloud in Kissimmee. To read these award-winning essays, visit the FHCA website.