Local CNA inspires high schoolers to consider a caregiving career

From left to right: Margaret Wachholz and Sunshine.

You may remember local CNA Sunshine from an earlier blog post from Helen. As a six-year caregiving veteran at Woodbury Senior Living in Woodbury, Minnesota and passionate advocate for the profession, Sunshine recently joined Margaret Wachholz, Woodbury Senior Living’s community relations manager, to deliver a presentation to high schoolers about life in assisted living facilities and nursing homes and the great opportunities that a caregiving career provides.

From left to right: Javier Salinas-Vega, Felipa Cespedes, Margaret Wachholz, and Sunshine.

Sunshine and Wachholz united with instructors Javier Salinas-Vega, Director of Diversity and Underrepresented Student Recruitment at Inver Hills Community College, and Felipa Cespedes, Latino Outreach and Success Specialist at North Hennepin Community College for the event. The event encouraged young people to explore the caregiving field as they think about what they would like to pursue after graduation.

As Minnesota’s senior population grows more rapidly than ever before, the caregiving profession will continue to see a steadily increasing need for senior care workers. There will continue to be high demand for caregivers such as certified nursing assistants (CNA’s), licensed practical nurses (LPN’s), and registered nurses (RN’s). And as Sunshine would tell you, despite its challenges, caregiving is highly rewarding.

If a young person you know is graduating this spring, invite them to consider the benefits of a caregiving career.

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