Cynthia Steele was a Registered Nurse who promoted excellence in the care of the older adult with dementia.
For many years, she worked at Johns Hopkins teaching others -- doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, and family caregivers -- how to provide quality care for the person with dementia.
Cynthia Steele had a strong desire to bring recognition to the nursing assistant. She believed that the nursing assistant played a critical role in the daily life of older adults needing care.
In 2005, a group of Maryland gerontological nurses established "The Cynthia Steele Caring Hands Award. The award is presented to nursing assistants who demonstrate excellence in the care of the older adult. It is a great honor for the person who receives the award.
Cynthia passed away in 2015, but the Caring Hands Award continues to honor her memory and to honor exceptional nursing assistants.
In 2018, the Caring Hands Award was established at Caroline Center -- an educational program for nursing assistants.
Paula Parsons, Patient Care Technician at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Paula was awarded the 2018 Cynthia Steel Caring Hands Award at the 11th Annual Journey to Hope held at Bayview Medical Center. Also pictured is Paula's supervisor,Carletta Betz, who nominated Paula for excellence in the care of the old adult.
Serina Freeman, Johns Hopkins Home Health Aide, received the 2019 Cynthia Steele Caring Hands Award on Saturday, November 9 at the Johns Hopkins Journey to Hope conference. Serina has been at JH Home Care for 30 years! She is widely regarded by her peers, clients, and family members as providing exceptional care to older adults.
Supervisor Sue Tator RN nominated Serina for the award noting her compassion and caring. Other members of Serina's team were present to cheer her on -- Kim Carl RN and June Biggerman RN.
The Maryland Gerontological Nursing Group established the Cynthia Steele Caring Hands Award in 2005. Throughout her career, Cynthia worked to highlight the critical role of the nursing assistant in the daily life of older adults needing care.