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Bay Bluffs Colleagues Achieve CNA Advancement

baybluffs_NDI2306_HIRES_KRP_1602_1200px Sonja Bosley, RN, NHA, CNA Instructor and Director of Nursing​, pictured right with colleague and fellow CNA instructor Karrie Pater.

Three Bay Bluffs – Emmet County Medical Facility colleagues recently participated in CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) training. CONGRATULATIONS to Karlie Hall, Maddison Reece and Susan Crawford for celebrating their successful completion of the certified nurse aide training program! All took part in the August training held at Bay Bluffs.

Karlie Hall joined the Bay Bluffs staff in 2019 as a cook and dietary aide. "We were so excited that Karlie decided to move into direct care," shares Administrator Lisa Ashley. Reece and Crawford are new to Bay Bluffs and have been working as Resident Assistants (RA); both will take their CNA examinations after completing orientation with their preceptors and "we can't wait for them to share their care with residents," expresses Ashley.

"CNA training is often the stepping stone to a satisfying career in long-term care. And, for many, this is the perfect career fit."

Sonja Bosley, RN, NHA, CENA Instructor and Director of Nursing
(Pictured Left to Right: Bosley with Instructor Karrie Pater)

"CNA training is often the stepping stone to a satisfying career in long-term care," explains Sonja Bosley, RN, NHA, CNA Instructor and Director of Nursing. "And, for many, this is the perfect career fit." With education reimbursement opportunities, "we are hoping more people in our community consider CNA positions for their next career move, especially with education compensation and our flexible scheduling," Coincidentally, Bay Bluffs, in conjunction North Central Michigan College, will be hosting the two-week CNA training October 16 –October 27, 2023. Registration details can be found at ncmclifelonglearning.com.

What Exactly is a CNA?

A CNA staff member has a long list of duties, but taken all together, they add up to a very rewarding skill set. Think of it this way: It's like taking care of a beloved family member, one who needs help throughout the day. CNAs provide the hands-on care that many patients with varying degrees of mobility require: grooming and bathing; and moving from place to place; (from bed to wheelchair, for example) and assisting during mealtime, as needed. In other words, CNA professionals help smooth the way for residents as they go about their daily routines here in their home.

Interested in a career in caring? Getting started is simple with flexibility, attractive benefits and education incentives. Learn more at baybluffs.org or by calling 231.526.2161. Bay Bluffs is located at 750 East Main Street, Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740.


Bay Bluffs – Emmet County Medical Care Facility is a community-based, long-term care facility with over five decades of service to the region. Colleagues utilize "Positive Approach to Care" training and techniques for residents with dementia to live safely and happily. Bay Bluffs is also a highly-regarded choice for short-term rehabilitation. Located in Harbor Springs, one of the Midwest's most favored destinations, Bay Bluffs is in the heart of this vibrant center of culture, art, and abundant natural beauty.


Karlie Hall

Karlie Hall joined the Bay Bluffs staff in 2019 as a cook and dietary aide. She received her CNA certification in August 2023.

Maddison Reece

Maddison Reece started working at Bay Bluffs as an RA. She completed her CNA training in August 2023 with plans to take her examination following orientation.

Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford started working at Bay Bluffs as an RA. She completed her CNA training in August 2023 with plans to take her examination following orientation.

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