Covenant Care President Dava Ashley shares how the Education Fund helps her staff achieve success and provide quality care to their patients
Dava Ashley has spent her life working in health care – starting out as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) before getting her administrator’s license and following a career path to become the president of Covenant Care Resource Center. Regardless of what her title has said along the way, her heart has always been in continuing to provide the best care to patients and residents who are receiving long-term care.
“It’s in my blood, and it’s my passion,” says Ashley, who oversees the operations of 30 Covenant Care facilities throughout California and Nevada. “My roots are in the care side and I’m truly passionate about taking care of the frail and the elderly. It’s hard work and takes a certain type of person to do it. People who work in this industry give their whole lives to the patients they serve – and for me, it’s so rewarding to work with those individuals.”
Her mother worked as a CNA and served as her inspiration for pursuing a career in the long-term care field. Ashley also recently joined the Education Fund’s Board of Trustees. She now helps promote the partnership between SEIU Local 2015 union and employers that helps workers keep certifications, learn new skills, and advance their careers.
While Ashley was familiar with the Ed Fund as an employer, she joined the board to become more familiar with how the fund could benefit her employees – a fund they are already contributing to.
“These services benefit union members in their careers, and I believe it’s a valuable thing. I believe in career paths for people and we currently have a CNA nursing shortage. We have to partner together to get these services and help staff with getting their CNA training. It all helps us at the end of the day, because it translates to better service to our patients,” she says.
While Covenant Care is able to provide the mandatory trainings that are necessary for her staff, she saw the potential benefit that the Ed Fund could provide – easing the burden of much smaller facilities that may struggle to provide the staff and resources to host trainings.
As an employer, she is happy to see new opportunities for her staff to climb the career ladder. She says there’s nothing more rewarding than to see her staff achieve success, with hopes it will continue to contribute to the ultimate goal of providing the best care to patients in the long-term care industry.