CNA Spotlight: Celebrating the Tenured Associates at Wave Crest Health and Rehabilitation Center

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) play a vital role at Wave Crest Health and Rehabilitation Center. With their skills and dedication, our patients are properly cared for in a safe, supportive, and loving environment.  From providing meals to measuring daily vital signs, CNAs are the backbone of the patient process at our centers.

To honor this critical position and thank our associates, we’re sharing the stories and pictures of the tenured CNAs who have worked with us for more than 20 years.

We asked them why they do what they do, and to share their favorite part about being a CNA. The answers are touching, as most of our associates love taking care of seniors.

Wave Crest Health and Rehabilitation Center CNAs

Chanice Abrain, CNA: 20+ Years

“I always knew from a young age that I wanted to work in the healthcare field. I want to let people know that no matter what happens in life, there is someone who cares for them and they have a shoulder to cry on. I want them to know they will never be alone. I love being a caretaker. My favorite part about the job is how my patients make me feel.”

Leatrica Ash, CNA: 19 Years

“I started my career as a housekeeper and then moved on to become a CNA. A family friend became ill and I began taking care of them. After that experience, I knew my passion in helping others was in my future. What I love most about my job is seeing the joy in the patients and families faces. I also love the satisfaction that I may have made a difference. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my grandkids, playing computer games, and going wine tasting.”

Maxine Paul, RCNA: 25+ Years

“I became a CNA after spending time with my grandmother and caring for her. I love interacting with my patients and making them laugh and talking about their life stories. When I’m not working, I enjoy cooking, dancing, event planning, traveling, and talking to people.”

Alba Diaz Gonzales, CNA: 27 Years

“I started volunteering at a nursing home and loved it. I love being able to take care of my residents with compassion and make them smile.”

Sadie Richards, CNA: 27 Years

“I wanted to become a CNA because I wanted to help the sick and suffering and to be a productive person. What I love most about my job is taking care of my residents.”

Alberta Smith, CNA: 25 + Years

“I love working with people and being around the staff.”

Callis Wallace Anglin, CNA: 26 Years

“The reason I became a CNA is due to my deceased father who passed away when I was young. When I interact with my patients I am reminded of my dad. I love that I am able to provide care for our patients in need. When I’m not working, I love to travel to different places, cook for my family, and I enjoy gardening. I also have a cat named Divabell, who is twelve years old.”

Wendy Farmer, Restorative CNA: 29 ½ Years

“I am a nurturer at heart. I became a CNA because I wanted to be caring for others and just be a kind spirit to someone. I love knowing that I give a little comfort or peace to someone. I also enjoy the teamwork from the team I work with; that keeps me going. When I’m not working, I enjoy doing crossword puzzles, spending time with my grandson, cooking, and watching movies.”

Ann Marie Brookes, CNA: 27 Years

“I always knew that I wanted to help people and make a difference in someone’s life. My favorite part of the job is making my patients smile and seeing that I can make a difference. I love seeing them light up and smile in the morning when they see my face.”