Assistants Honored

ST. MARYS — The St. Marys Living Center recognized its nursing assistants Thursday in conjunction with the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants’ 34th Annual Nursing Assistants Day.

The celebration is in recognition of the nursing assistants who have dedicated their time to the lives and well-being of others. Nursing assistants are “key players” in the lives of residents, providing as much as 80 to 90 percent of the direct care to residents in long-term care facilities, according to the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants website.

St. Marys Living Center Administrator Lorraine Fischio said nursing assistants have a flexible role at the facility.

They help with residents’ needs, community activities, transportation of the residents for events, housekeeping and any other tasks that need done around the facility.

“The nursing assistants are hands-on caregivers,” Fischio said. “They’re very appreciated by our residents.”

Nursing assistant Jesse Monfort has been working at the St. Marys Living Center for 20 years. She said the best part of her job is the residents.

“I love my residents,” Monfort said.

“Usually at the end of the day, you feel good because you’ve done something for people and (the residents) appreciate you. It’s like another family.”

Monfort said she has seen a lot of residents “come and go” at St. Marys Living Center, and she enjoys the opportunity to work with residents that she has known her entire life.

“There’s been a lot of people in here that, because I’m from St. Marys, I already know and that took care of me when I was little, and now I get to take care of them,” Monfort said.

Nursing assistant Taylor Yancy echoed Monfort’s sentiment and said the residents make her job worth coming to every day.

“They’re funny. They’re so much fun,” Yancy said.

“They have their days but they’re definitely fun to work with. It makes the job worth coming in.”

Administrators at St. Marys Living Center said they appreciated the work their nursing assistants do on a daily basis.

“Our nursing assistants are wonderful people,” Fischio said.

“They’re compassionate, kind and such a help to the residents and to the staff.”