Ten Area Residents Nominated For JWCC Community CNA of the Year

Ten area residents have been nominated for the John Wood Community College Community Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) of the Year award for 2019. The nominees will be honored at a CNA of the Year Luncheon Friday, April 26, at the Senior and Family Resource Center in Quincy.  The 2019 CNA of the Year will be announced during the event.

The 2019 CNA of the Year is selected by a committee made up of community members with no direct affiliation to any of the participating agencies.  This year’s selection committee members include Marla Nunes, Jayne Pieper, Jerry Hagmeier, Zig Brown and Jared Holman.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of the CNA of the Year celebration, which is sponsored by JWCC and area healthcare agencies. The public is invited to attend.  Cost is $9.00 per person, and advance reservations may be made by calling Debbie Amsler at 217.641.4211 by April 12. Individuals can also pay at the door the day of the event.

Certified nursing assistants provide personal assistance and strive to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of those for whom they care every day. 

“CNA of the Year recognition award was established to honor local Certified Nurse Assistants,” our ‘Angels of Health Care’, for their contributions to the care and wellbeing of the ill and the elderly,” said , Laura Routh, administrative chair of health sciences.  “Successful CNAs are those individuals who are compassionate, caring, flexible and understand that each individual in their care has unique needs and personalities.  As a front-line care giver CNAs develop very special relationships with those in their care. There is a great deal of pride and deep satisfaction that comes from knowing they make a difference each day in the lives of others.”

Each of the participating healthcare agencies nominates a candidate for the honor. The 10 nominees for 2019 are as follows:

·         Kialee Jeffers of New Canton, nominated by Barry Community Care Center

·         Peggy Tarr of Quincy, nominated by Blessing Hospital

·         Angel Eldridge of Plymouth, nominated by Golden Good Shepherd Home

·         Virginia Householder of Quincy, nominated by Good Samaritan Home

·         Terri Clayton of Quincy, nominated by Illinois Veterans’ Home

·         Heather McBride of Pearl, nominated by Liberty Village of Pittsfield

·         Elizabeth Freeman of Mendon, nominated by North Adams Home

·         Kaela Leasman of Ursa, nominated by St. Vincent’s Home

·         Opal McCafaferty of Quincy, nominated by Sunset Home

·         Beth Griswold of Quincy, nominated by Supportive Living for Seniors

"Employment opportunities for CNAs are excellent throughout the region," Routh said. "Earning a CNA certificate and becoming a part of the rapidly growing healthcare industry can take between eight and 10 weeks. Classes are available in both daytime and evening sessions. John Wood also offers the Health Care Assistant certificate program, which builds on the CNA’s basic training and allows them to gain additional knowledge in front office and medical task-related positions.”   

More information about upcoming CNA classes and career opportunities can be found at www.jwcc.edu/academics/degrees/nursing-cna/ or by calling 217-641-4334.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.