Sherry Kasten, a certified nursing assistant from the North Carolina State Veterans Home Black Mountain was honored with MemoryCare’s Georgia Crump Certified Nursing Assistants Award on November 2, 2020. The award, including a plaque and monetary stipend, was established to honor nursing assistants for the heroic work they do every day. It has been presented annually since 2003. Nominations are solicited from hospitals, hospices, nursing care facilities and home health programs throughout western North Carolina. This award was named to honor Georgia Crump, LPN, in recognition of her passion and dedication for improving working conditions and educational opportunities for nursing assistants.
Ms. Kasten has been a certified nursing assistant for 20 years and currently is employed by the North Carolina State Veterans Home on the Memory Support Unit. She was nominated by her charge nurse, Brittany Kirby, for her “patience of steel, heart of gold, knowledge, dependability, work ethic and dedication to the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam veterans she serves.” Ms. Kirby, wrote in her nominating letter, “In all the shifts that I have worked with Sherry, she gives 150% every single time. If there ever comes a day that my loved one is placed at a long-term care facility, I hope they have a ‘Sherry’ caring for them.”
MemoryCare is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to caring for older adults with memory disorders as well as providing education and support for their caregivers and the community.