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David Macharia: An LPN, a leader and a resident care manager

David Macharia

“I have a great sense of responsibility. I strive to improve the quality of life of all residents,” said David Macharia, a licensed practical nurse and a 2019 alumnus of Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy. 
Gretheline Bolandrina, DHA, MSN Ed, RN, CRRN, Academy Director at Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy, is grateful for Macharia’s sharing updates of his nursing journey. 
“David is caring, attentive, patient and gracious, and he does it all with utmost humility,” Bolandrina, explained. “He was equally attentive when he was a student at Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy. With all the nurse burnout, especially during COVID, it’s refreshing to see a nurse maintain being patient-focused,” Bolandrina, added.
Macharia’s care, leadership, and demeanor are what have made him a top nurse, well-suited for the resident care manager position.
When Macharia graduated from Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy, his dream to become a nurse became a reality after successfully passing the NCLEX-PN on his first try. He initially worked at Benchmark Senior Living in Worcester, but his family moved to Spokane, WA. So Macharia moved as well, landing a position at Columbia Crest Center in Moses Lake, WA. But all that time, he had the leadership roles on the horizon.
His mother, who is also a nurse was his inspiration and encouraged him to “go for it.”
“I ‘went for it’ and I endured, even the rigorous 10-month practical nursing program,” said Macharia. “I started the resident care manager position last April and I am enjoying the new role. I finally have a great work-life balance.”
As resident care manager, Macharia reports directly to the Director of Nursing Services. His primary focus areas include development and documenting care plans and changes in resident condition and quality assurance of care. 
While at Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy, Macharia was elected Student Representative, was a member of the UNICEF Club, a member of the Mock Code Team, a recipient of MassHire Grant, District & State Champion for SkillsUSA Medical Math earning silver medals, attendee for SafeTALK and Innovation Summit at Northeastern University, nominee for Clinical Excellence Award and the Massachusetts Vocational Association Outstanding Post-Secondary Student of the Year Award. He is certified in Mental Health First Aid and Dementia Care. 
Prior to moving to WA, he was instrumental in facilitating scholarships for current practical nursing students. He continues with his philanthropy, which he says is very uplifting.
“I am abundantly blessed, and I am forever grateful,” Macharia said.
About Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy: Bay Path Practical Nursing is a 40-week, (10-month), full-time, Monday through Friday, evening program. The program begins mid-August and is completed in late June. Graduates receive a Practical Nursing Certificate and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. Visit