For CNA Kari Ward, compassionate caregiving is a family affair. Inspired by her mother and grandmother who worked as home health caregivers, Ward continues the legacy.

After graduating high school, Ward attended a CNA class with her mother in 2008, and from there, began helping others heal physically and emotionally as a home health aide in her home state of Oklahoma.

She joined Consulate Health Care of Pensacola about a year and a half ago after moving to Florida, and quickly earned recognition as Employee of the Month, a care center wide honor.

In her daily life at CHC of Pensacola, she promotes and practices all CHIRP values, with compassion at the heart of them all. For Ward, compassion originates before you even walk in the door. She advised: “Come in with a good attitude, and treat them as if they’re your own family. . . I treat others how I’d want to be treated or how I want my family members to be treated.” Essentially, Ward defines compassion as putting oneself in another’s shoes, and honoring and respecting them in line with that.

Despite the challenges that accompany caring for many different personalities and health conditions, Ward’s connection with her residents and fellow staff members make Consulate Health Care of Pensacola a brighter place to work. In particular, Ward’s CNA comrades “took [her] under” and helped her navigate the bustling and complicated care center world when she first started out at CHC of Pensacola.

“Come in with a good attitude, and treat them as if they’re your own family. . . I treat others how I’d want to be treated or how I want my family members to be treated.”

Additionally, her drive and perseverance to provide for her kids continuously strengthens her to give her all.

In the future, Ward plans on continuing her career at CHC of Pensacola while attending LPN school. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three children.