From an early age, Sherry Penland knew she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. She became interested in a Nursing Assistant career when she was first introduced to the field in High School. The rest quickly became history. Now as a full-time Certified Nursing Assistant, (and much more), Sherry discusses the best part of her job, and one of her favorite patient memories.
Here is Sherry’s story:
Hometown: Advance, NC
Job Title: Compliance Assistant and Home Health Aide Scheduler (Well Care Home Health of the Triad)
Time at Well Care: 3 years
Q. Why did you choose to become a CNA?
I chose to become a CNA while I was still in high school. I took the course and decided at that point I really enjoyed helping patients, when they were unable to help themselves. I enjoy seeing the impact I can have on a patient’s life.
Q. What does being a CNA mean to you?
A. I love being a Certified Nursing Assistant. I strive everyday to give the best possible care to all of my patients, regardless of their situation or background.
Q. What is your favorite patient memory?
A. I have many favorite patient memories. The one that sticks out the most is a girl I took care of for several years. She had Cerebral Palsy. Her dream was to graduate high school and walk across the stage. I was able to see her graduate and walk across that stage. She now lives independently and is able to do all of her activities of daily living by herself. I still keep in touch with her, and from time-to-time, she tells me how I impacted her life just by being there and telling her she can do it.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job and why?
A. My colleagues. I truly work with the best group of CNAs imaginable. We all have the same mission and vision for our patients, to keep them healthy and happy in the comfort of their own homes.
Q. What’s the best advice you would give to fellow CNAs?
A. I would say always give 100% of yourself, and love what you do!