Nursing assistants help create a community of caring

During the month of June, Turenne PharMedCo and other organizations across the nation have the opportunity to recognize a valuable part of the long-term healthcare community. June 13-19 is the 42nd year of celebration for National Nursing Assistants Week. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are vital to the group of professionals who care for skilled nursing facility residents. CNAs have a storied history in healthcare that dates back to World War I. In 1918, the Red Cross introduced the Volunteer Nurses’ Aide Service to train assistants for overworked nurses who were struggling to care for veterans. During the volunteer recruitment efforts for World War II, their ranks swelled.

Today, there are nearly 2 million nursing assistants in the nation who work in a variety of healthcare environments. In skilled nursing care facilities, they provide much of the dignified hands-on care that residents need on a daily basis. They play the critical role of helping residents with daily living activities such as bathing and personal care, eating assistance, dressing and grooming, transfers and positioning. They also listen to the concerns of residents, measure vital signs and assist in treatment. The role that CNAs play in the lives of residents and their families is essential to their improved health and wellbeing. In addition to helping elderly and disabled residents with basic living activities and care, they also provide valuable emotional support. Through their daily contact, they form close relationships that are therapeutic for residents.

CNAs are a key part of a facility being a community of caring and we all owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude. A few simple gestures can help show appreciation and let the CNAs at your facility know that they are an important part of your team.

Ways to show appreciation
  1. Say it with words. The little things matter and there’s nothing as powerful as a simple thank you from the heart to your CNAs. Whenever you get a moment, take some time to thank your CNAs for their hard work and the care they provide.

  2. Post it up. If you have a bulletin board or a newsletter at your facility, share a heartfelt note of gratitude during this week to let your CNAs know how much you value them.

  3. Shout it out online. A great place to share your appreciation for your CNAs is on social media. Post their pictures and give them a mention on the company social media accounts. 

  4. Give out some gifts. Small tokens of appreciation like T-shirts, lapel pins and badge lanyards can do much to let your CNAs know that you care. 

  5. Give an award. Do you have a really great CNA? Is there one that sticks out above the rest? Let them know by creating and giving them an award to recognize their excellence. 

Turenne PharMedCo wishes the CNAs across the nation a very happy National Nursing Assistants Week! 

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