Debbie Breckenridge of Houston has received the 2017 Certified Nurse Assistant of the Year award at Texas County Memorial Hospital.
Breckenridge, a CNA at TCMH since 2002, was chosen for the award by the nurse managers at TCMH. She is a CNA in the medical surgical department at TCMH.
Doretta Todd-Willis, chief nursing officer at TCMH, described Breckenridge as “very compassionate”.
Todd-Willis shared the story from family members of a patient that credited Breckenridge with helping their mother recover after an illness that had her “at death’s door”.
“Debbie is always pleasant in her demeanor with her patients, and she’s known for trying to make them laugh,” Todd-Willis said, adding that the patients and their family members appreciate the respect Breckenridge has for them even with her joyful and upbeat attitude.
“Debbie is a shining star among our CNAs at TCMH,” Todd-Willis said.
As CNA of the year, Breckenridge received a personalized award of crystal, a gift card, and fresh flowers.
TCMH provided breakfast for CNAs and other assistive personnel at the hospital.
A mandatory skills lab was provided for the staff, too. Ten stations provided education—some of which were hands on—on topics such as customer service, patient safety, and infection control.
TCMH currently employs 33 CNAs or assistive personnel. They work in several departments of the hospital—medical surgical, obstetrics, emergency room, home health, and hospice.