Ashley Devoe loves working at Broadway House for Continuing Care. As a Temporary Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Ms. Devoe tends to the personal care of up to 13 residents a day, handling everything from taking vital signs to bathing and other needs. It can be busy—but Ms. Devoe wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love the residents of Broadway House,” said Ms. Devoe, who is currently enrolled in an educational program through Essex County Community College to become a Certified Nursing Assistant: “I also appreciate my co-workers, who are very helpful. Initially when I arrived here, I felt nervous. But once I got to know everyone, I became a lot more comfortable.”
Ms. Devoe used to work for a visiting home service delivering care in patients’ homes. Wanting to work in a facility, she applied to Broadway House. A perk of the job is a program that covers her CNA tuition. Ms. Devoe begins the six-week certification program this month and looks forward to putting her skills to work in a permanent position at Broadway House. “I like the hands-on experience of working with patients. I can see myself being a CNA for the rest of my life.”
A recent essay contest on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired her to write about the influence of Dr. King’s inspiring words on her healthcare career. She won the contest. Ms. Devoe says, “I went through a lot to get where I am and wanted to express how much this career means to me. Dr. King had to fight for what he wanted. He taught me no matter how hard it gets, never give up your dreams. It wasn’t easy and my work is constantly challenging, but I know I can do it. It shows me how much I am capable of doing.”