Starting June 11 is the Annual National Nursing Assistants Week, with the first day celebrating the care and time of these deserved caregivers with National Career Nursing Assistants’ Day. This year marks the 38th celebration of the week, and centers around the theme: "Nursing Assistants @ the Heart of Care."
Nurse assistants provide a great amount of support to nurses and doctors by taking care of patients directly with their daily needs.
This means helping patients by feeding them, bathing them, and turning them in their beds. They also monitor the patient's stats, and make sure they are doing well. A Nurse Assistant therefore contributes greatly to making sure sick patients get well.
This week focuses on taking care of nurse assistants, as they have taken care of ourselves or our loved ones throughout their careers. To take part in this national celebration, the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants asks you (as a Nurse Assistant) to:
- Talk to a local legislator about safe lifting laws for NAs
- Take part in additional training on proper procedures to lift and move patients
- Talk to local schools, church groups, and other places on becoming a nurse assistant
- Practice the "Language of Person-Centered Care" with patients to improve NA-patient relationships each and every time.
Nurse Assistants provide valuable work and help, so thank your nurse assistant this month, especially throughout National Nurse Assistants Week (June 11-18)!
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