Congratulations, Belinda Tanner, CNA at Palm Garden of Ocala, who was named the Grand Prize Winner of Florida Healthcare Association’s 2017 CNA Essay Contest. This year’s contest focused on the theme, “CNAs: Champions for Person-Centered Care.” Participants were given six topics around which to craft their essay – Dignity, Respect, Compassion, Listening, Communication or Standards of Care – and write about how these words translated into their daily practice of caring for residents.
In her essay, Belinda shared, “CNAs must not only listen to the patient’s verbal needs, but also be able to acknowledge and understand needs that are unspoken…[One] tender memory allowed me to understand that listening through different forms of communication is essential in meeting all needs of the patients whether its physical, emotional, or spiritual, to ensure Quality Assurance and Excellence of Care. It is my pleasure to continue to fulfill the needs and desires of patients.”
Read Belinda’s essay here.