Nurses “Cruising to Excellence”

by Brittany Shannon on November 11, 2010 at 4:17 am

They love what they do, and Thursday, they’re competing to be the best.

In the fourth-annual Nurse Aid Olympics, nursing assistants are competing at what they love and do best-providing long-term care.

"In our business these people are the ones that are really the hub of the facilities. They make our residents happy. They make the coworkers happy, and what they do is so important. They work really hard and don’t always get a lot of recognition for what they do," says Peggy Kish, RN at Zandex Health Care.

Nine teams from local long-term care facilities compete in a variety of skills including positioning residents and weighing them.

"It’s a competition, but at the same time, we have a fun time. We show what we love to do for a living. Our residents, we’re nothing without our residents," says Danniel Reyes of Autumn Health Care.

The Olympics were held at Mid-East Career and Technology Center.