Tallahassee Certified Nursing Assistant Receives Scholarship from Florida Health Care Association

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) recently granted Rakeem Screen, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Seven Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center in Tallahassee, a Career Climb Scholarship Award.

FHCA awarded $2,000 in Career Climb Scholarship Awards to three long term care employees. Each recipient is considered among the best and brightest working in FHCA member nursing centers and assisted living facilities. Screen received $750 to help him pursue his Licensed Practical Nurse degree.

“Florida’s aging population is growing, as is the need for dedicated professionals to care for them,” said Emmett Reed, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Health Care Association. “Rakeem Screen has shown true passion for his profession, and FHCA is pleased to support him as he works to further his education, advance his career, and help Florida meet a growing need.”

Award recipients must currently be enrolled in a program to advance their studies, demonstrate a commitment to the residents entrusted in their care, show leadership potential among their peers, and share a personal story, describing why they are choosing to advance their long term care career.

Other Career Climb award winners included:

  • Courtney Urban, Area Business Office Manager at Palm Garden of Tampa, who received $500 to continue her degree work in Long Term Care Administration; and
  • Errol Webley, a Dietary Supervisor at Menorah Life in St. Petersburg, who received $750 to pursue a Certified Dietary Manager Food Management Program.

The Career Climb Scholarship was established to provide resources for FHCA member nursing center and assisted living facility staff to further their education and advance their long term care careers. Scholarships are awarded twice a year and funded through the Florida Health Care Education & Development Foundation, the Association’s charitable foundation.