Careers In Aging

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2021 Careers In Aging Week

April 18-24, 2021

 
CIAW_logo.png​​The demand for professionals with expertise in long term care is growing rapidly. The U.S. will need between 5.7 million and 6.5 million nurses, nurse aides, home health, and personal care workers to care for the 27 million Americans who will require long term care by 2050.​


Careers in Aging Week is dedicated to bringing greater awareness and visibility to the wide-ranging career opportunities in long term care and aging services, and to celebrate current employees in the profession.

Join us in celebrating and spreading the word about careers in aging on social media using the hashtag #CareersInAging.

Be sure to check out our resources on this page and check back for stories from our health care heroes.


 

 

Careers in Aging: Steven Berning, Regional Director of Health Serviceshttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Steven-Berning-Regional-Director-of-Health-Services.aspxCareers in Aging: Steven Berning, Regional Director of Health Services4/7/2021 4:00:00 AM<p><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/StevenBerning.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:294px;height:161px;" />Steven started with The Springs Living in 2011 as a Director of Health Services before moving into the role of regional nurse in 2014 and Regional Director of Health Services in 2019. Steven is instrumental in providing on site community support, identifying system improvement opportunities, and providing training to community teams. He identifies best practices, sets standards and shares knowledge for consistent high quality outcomes. Sometimes referred to as a road warrior, Steven would travel to a community and serve as the nurse in charge for weeks on end. Wherever Steven is, he brings his witty nature to solving complex problems, offering a beautiful blend of professional expertise and the ability to have a little fun along the way. His dedication to his residents throughout the years and during the pandemic has been extraordinary. He is a true healthcare hero.</p>Steven started with The Springs Living in 2011 as a Director of Health Services before moving into the role of regional nurse in 2014 and Regional Director of Health Services in 2019.
Careers in Aging: Miguel Walker, Lifestyle Supervisorhttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Miguel-Walker-Lifestyle-Supervisor.aspxCareers in Aging: Miguel Walker, Lifestyle Supervisor4/7/2021 4:00:00 AM<p>Miguel is responsible for all of the Health and Wellness programming at Meadow Active Lifestyle Communi<img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Miguel%20Walker_1.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:259px;height:180px;" />y, which includes facilitating exercise classes, overseeing the fitness center and assisting residents with their fitness center orientation. Miguel also creates all the entertainment programming, oversees the art gallery, art classes and social, educational and spiritual engagements. He says the best part of his job at Meadow is putting together programming that residents really enjoy, seeing them smile, and have a great time or a worthwhile experience.​​</p>Miguel is responsible for all health and wellness programming, including facilitating exercise classes and overseeing the fitness center.
Careers in Aging: Debra Wooton, Assistant Director of Nursing/Quality Assurance Coordinatorhttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Debra-Wooton,-Assistant-Director-of-NursingQuality-Assurance-Coordinator.aspxCareers in Aging: Debra Wooton, Assistant Director of Nursing/Quality Assurance Coordinator4/7/2021 4:00:00 AM<div>​​​<img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/DebWooton.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="font-size:14.6667px;margin:5px;" />Debra Wooton joined the Hazard Health & Rehabilitation nursing staff in June of 2015. She has worked as a Charge Nurse, MDS Coordinator and as of April 2018 her position is Assistant Director of Nursing/Quality Assurance Coordinator. In her role as ADON/QA Coordinator, she is a jack of all trades in the facility. </div><div><br></div><div>Deb makes round and points out the good things staff are doing and kindly points out thing that need to be addressed. Staff feel they can come to her as a friend to talk through personal issues or make suggestions on care needs. She is not judgmental and treats everyone fairly.</div><div><br></div><div>Whatever needs to be done, Deb will jump in and assist the nursing staff, residents or other departments. Her decisions are precise and directions are clear. This helps in supervising the staff and giving suggestions on care needs.<br></div><div><br></div><div>During COVID, Deb would come in at 6 AM twice a week to test residents and staff. Sometimes she would perform 375 tests each day. She was gentle and compassionate in doing the test, knowing how uncomfortable it is.</div><div><br></div><div>She not only organized but took charge of her facility's COVID vaccination clinics. She came in on her day off and worked all three of them. Each one went smoothly as Deb recruited other department head nurses to assist her. She is a true healthcare hero. <br><br></div>Debra Wooton joined the Hazard Health & Rehabilitation nursing staff in June 2015. In her role as ADON/QA Coordinator, she is a jack of all trades in our facility.
Careers in Aging: Jauvana Cole, Cookhttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Jauvana-Cole,-Cook.aspxCareers in Aging: Jauvana Cole, Cook3/30/2021 4:00:00 AM<p><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Jauvana%20Cole.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:281px;" /></p><div>​Mills Nursing and Rehab rewards exceptional employees for their dedication to its residents, and in February, they awarded the Employee of the Month to Jauvana Cole. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Jauvana originally started at Mills Nursing and Rehab in 2005. She works in the dietary deptartment as a cook and is the official kitchen trainer because she is an expert in all of the positions. She mentors new hires to make them feel welcomed and encouraged.</div><div><br></div><div>Jauvana was born in Paducah, KY and raised in Mayfield, KY. She loves to cook, spend time with her family and travel with her girls, and she will tell you often she is trying to live her best life. </div><div><br></div><div>Jauvana enjoys working at Mills, "because we are a family first and not one person goes unnoticed." Her supervisor says, "she is an excellent team player. She will step in and help without being asked. She just picks up where she's needed and takes off." </div><div><br></div><div>The past several weeks Jauvana has been volunteering to assist at a sister facility that was in need. She is a true health care hero.<br></div><p><br></p>Jauvana works in the dietary deptartment at Mills Nursing and Rehab as a cook and is the official kitchen trainer because she is an expert in all positions. She mentors new hires to make them feel welcomed and encouraged.
Join Us in Celebrating Careers in Aging Weekhttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Join-Us-in-Celebrating-Careers-in-Aging-Week.aspxJoin Us in Celebrating Careers in Aging Week3/29/2021 4:00:00 AM<div>​​Get ready for Careers in Aging Week (CIAW), taking place April 18-24! The goal of CIAW is to bring awareness to the numerous career opportunities available in long term care and aging services, and to celebrate current caregivers in the industry for their heroic efforts. Along with the Gerontological Society of America, Argentum, and LeadingAge, we will be spreading the word about careers in aging and celebrating our member’s current employees. Join us in promoting these rewarding careers on social media using the hashtag <strong>#CareersinAging</strong>. </div><div><br></div><div>During CIAW, AHCA/NCAL will share stories, resources, graphics, and more -- spread the word by retweeting us on <a href="https://twitter.com/ahcancal" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or sharing our posts on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ahcancal/">Facebook</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Visit our <a href="/Workforce-and-Career/Pages/Careers-In-Aging.aspx" target="_blank">Careers in Aging Week​</a> webpage for resources and stories of our health care heroes. <br></div><div><br>​<br></div><p>​</p>Get ready for Careers in Aging Week (CIAW), taking place April 18-24! The goal of CIAW is to bring awareness to the numerous career opportunities available in long term care and aging services
Careers in Aging: Mireya Triana, Clinical Nursing Managerhttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Mireya.aspxCareers in Aging: Mireya Triana, Clinical Nursing Manager3/25/2021 4:00:00 AM<div><img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Mireya%20TRiana%202.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:209px;height:279px;" />Mireya Triana has dedicated more than 27 years to the health care profession, and in the past 11 months that calling was unlike anything she could have imagined. Mireya is a Clinical Nursing Manager at Miami Jewish Health, where they provide care and services to individuals living in the facility’s long term care setting along with seniors living in the community who are served through their PACE program. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Mireya had planned to be a teacher, but life had a way of directing her to a calling to care for the elderly. As a long term care nurse, she wears many hats – caregiver, friend, clergy, social worker, therapist.  </div><div><br></div><div>When COVID struck, Mireya knew knowledge was key, so she educated herself with her leaders at Miami Jewish Health, then in turn educated her nursing team so they were prepared every step along the way. </div><div><br></div><div>Mireya made sure her team focused on keeping each other’s spirits lifted because they knew they had to be there for their residents and each other, because this virus was not going away anytime soon. </div><div><br></div><div>Mireya not only had to focus on all the safety measures to protect her residents from COVID, she had to ensure the residents’ every day needs were taken care of – their medications, feeding, dressing, emotional needs – because even during COVID, life does not stop.  </div><div><br></div><div>Back in July, life did come to a scary stop when Mireya and her family all came down with COVID. Thankfully, they all recovered and are doing well.  </div><div><br></div><div>Recently Mireya got vaccinated because she knows the first-hand effects of this virus, and she wants to be part of the solution to stop this pandemic. </div><div><br></div><div>It’s been a challenge for Mireya and her fellow caregivers. But through it all she has shown tremendous courage.<br></div>Mireya had planned to be a teacher, but life had a way of directing her to a calling to care for the elderly. As a long term care nurse, she wears many hats – caregiver, friend, clergy, social worker, therapist.
Careers in Aging: Deborah McKinsey, Licensed Practical Nursehttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Deborah.aspxCareers in Aging: Deborah McKinsey, Licensed Practical Nurse3/23/2021 4:00:00 AM<p>​<img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Deborah/deborah.jpg" alt="deborah.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:349px;height:458px;" />​<span style="font-size:11pt;">Deborah McKinsey has devoted 22 years to nursing, and in the past 11 months that calling was unlike anything she could have imagined. Deborah is <img class="WACImage SCXW77848996 BCX9 ms-rtePosition-2" unselectable="on" alt="" style="margin:5px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#000000;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;width:360px;white-space:pre !important;" />an LPN at Port Charlotte Rehabilitation Center, where she works with short term rehab patients to help them heal and return home, as well as patients who live at the center and rely on her and her team to meet their 24-hour care needs. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt;">She loves working with people and loves the lessons they impart on her in every encounter, which is why she became a nurse. She feels blessed that every day she has a chance to make a long-term connection with her patients because Port Charlotte Rehab is the place they call home.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt;">Deborah's </span><span style="font-size:11pt;">leadership and problem-solving skills, along with her calm demeanor and ability to think on her feet in any situation is why she was chosen to be the lead nurse at Port Charlotte’s COVID unit that was established in April so individuals from the community, as well as area nursing homes and assisted living facilities could be cared for to keep hospital beds available for those with more critical needs. Port Charlotte admitted COVID patients who needed a place to safely recover in a more home like environment.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt;">Every day, Deborah showed up, put on her protective gear and put her life on the line to care for some of our most vulnerable seniors. Mothers, fathers, husbands and wives who were affected by this virus were all patients under her care.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt;">And it was more than critical care she was delivering to these patients. Calming their fears, helping them understand why they couldn’t be together with their families and supporting their emotional needs played a huge role in what she did every day. It was physically exhausting and emotionally draining, but she was there.  </span></p><div>Port Charlotte’s COVID team helped over 300 patients successfully recover from the virus and return to their home. ​<span style="font-size:11pt;">Deborah played a key role in that.  </span></div><div><br></div><div>Nursing home caregivers are not often recognized for the work they do. Like so many others, Deborah’s goal every day is not just great care and services but also support and love when her patients don’t have a family of their own. </div><div><br></div><div>She is a true healthcare hero. <span style="font-size:11pt;">​</span></div>Deborah McKinsey has devoted 22 years to nursing, and in the past 11 months that calling was unlike anything she could have imagined.
Careers in Aging: Katoria Westbrook, Director of Nursinghttps://publish.ahcancal.org/News-and-Communications/Blog/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Katoria-Westbrook,-Director-of-Nursing.aspxCareers in Aging: Katoria Westbrook, Director of Nursing3/23/2021 4:00:00 AM<div>​<img src="/News-and-Communications/Blog/PublishingImages/Pages/Careers-in-Aging-Katoria-Westbrook,-Director-of-Nursing/katoria.jpg" alt="katoria.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;" />Katoria Westbrook has spent the majority of her professional career working at Centre Pointe Health & Rehabilitation, dedicating 20 years to caring for seniors. <br></div><div><br></div><div>At the young age of 17, Katoria graduated high school with her LPN certificate and came to Centre Pointe to work as a certified nursing assistant until she earned her LPN degree.  </div><div><br></div><div>The first in her family to graduate high school and college, Katoria worked her way up the long term care career ladder and today she’s the center’s Director of Nursing. </div><div><br></div><div>She’s spent her career mentoring others, motivating her peers and leading her team members by example. </div><div><br></div><div>Trust, compassion, dedication and perseverance are some of the words that describe Katoria, and she’s one of the reasons Centre Pointe is known for the quality care it provides to the seniors in this community. </div><div><br></div><div>As a long term care nurse, Katoria wears many hats – caregiver, friend, clergy, social worker, therapist.  </div><div><br></div><div>For months Katoria and their team worked tirelessly to keep COVID out of their care center, but we all know this invisible virus manages to find its way even with the most heightened protections. </div><div><br></div><div>Katoria and her team felt deflated at first, because they worked so hard to mitigate the spread for so many months. But as a leader she took swift action to keep her residents safe, putting aside her fears about her own safety and the worry that she might bring the virus home to her family. </div><div><br></div><div>Katoria not only had to focus on all the safety measures to protect her residents from COVID, she had to ensure the residents’ every day needs were taken care of – their medications, feeding, dressing, and emotional needs. She also had to keep family members informed and serve as an emotional caregiver since visitors weren’t allowed in – because even during COVID, life does not stop.  </div><div><br></div><div>Recently Katoria got vaccinated because she has seen the first-hand effects of this virus, and she wants to be part of the solution to stop this pandemic. </div><div><br></div><div>It’s been a challenge for Katoria and her fellow caregivers. But through it all she has shown tremendous courage.  <br></div><p>​<br></p>The first in her family to graduate high school and college, Katoria worked her way up the long term care career ladder and today she’s the center’s Director of Nursing.