“Whatever my residents need, I’m there to help them.”
A passion for helping other people led Bernice Resendiz to her role as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove. According to Resendiz, “God opened a door for me to work here. I actually started as a dining room coordinator in 2016, and now, as a CNA, I’m able to help my residents with their day-to-day activities. I assist them with dressing, getting them to the dining room and to the restroom, and help them participate in the daily programs.” Resendiz hopes to use the experience she’s gaining at Morning Pointe in her future nursing career; outside of working hours, she’s in the process of pursuing her associate degree in nursing at Chattanooga State Community College. “My plan is to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing, work in pediatrics, and be a hospice nurse someday,” she shares.
Lending a Helping Hand
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I’ve always liked to help people, and knowing that I’m making an impact in their lives is important to me.
2. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
Just this morning, one of my residents told me that I inspire her to get healthier and exercise more. She also said that I was patient and had a Christ-like character.
3. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care for your residents?
First of all, I have to know how to manage my time so that I can give the best care to my residents. I’m patient, but also firm, in order to see that their needs are being met. And I believe in being a good listener.
4. What is your best advice for residents?
I try to encourage my residents to do their best and to be happy and positive about life.
5. Do you believe in miracles?
Yes, I do believe in miracles. God has always answered my prayers and been there for me.