Have You Thanked a CNA Lately?
Chances are, you, or someone you know, has been cared for by a certified nursing assistant. Perhaps you have a grandparent living in a nursing home or an uncle who has moved to an assisted living facility. Maybe you’ve been in the hospital or had a loved one die at home with hospice care. No matter where health care is provided, you’ll find hardworking, devoted CNAs. They perform a job that is both physically and emotionally demanding. In fact, nursing assistants provide up to 90% of the hands-on care for our sick and our elderly.
Yet, CNAs often feel unappreciated—by the general public and by their co-workers. Throughout the U.S., we are losing good CNAs who just can’t handle doing so much work for so little respect. How can we turn this around? Let’s band together to show nursing assistants that they have our support and appreciation!
Read messages from grateful nurses, everyday folks and famous celebrities…then add your own words of support for nursing assistants everywhere!
Bestselling Author of Eat Fat Lose Weight Ann Louise Gittleman
“I have such great admiration for all nurses and nursing assistants. Thank you for being the real health advocates for the people under your care! On a personal note, my niece, Shira, became a nurse recently and I couldn't be more proud of her chosen profession! And, during the extended care of my parents, the healing hearts and warm smiles of their nursing assistants and nurses filled me with gratitude. All of you in the nursing field are truly unsung heroes and heroines. Please take as good care of yourselves as you do of others! All the best, Ann Louise"
Actress Jane Fonda
"I have had many experiences over the years with certified nursing assistants and all I can say is a big ‘Thank You!!! I know you are overworked and underpaid yet you do so much for so many, filling in where, too often, nurses and doctors leave off. What would this country be without our CNAs? A big Bravo and thanks to you." Love, Jane Fonda
Duke Basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski
To the Hardworking and Devoted CNAs Across the United States: I want to thank you for the work that you do in helping people across our great country become better. Obviously, every patient needs a team of dedicated people around him or her in order to get to full health. The dedicated work that CNAs do in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult daycare centers and in people's homes have provided an atmosphere that is conducive for success. I know that performing your job can be both physically and emotionally demanding. I want you to know that it is worth it! You give 100% to each patient and as a result that patient has a better chance. Thank you so much for what you do. I hope that at an appropriate time you can step back and see and feel the amazing work that all of you are doing. My very best wishes always. Sincerely, Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Medical Doctor Patch Adams
I AM a CNA—Really!
If you look at the heart of our work (see the vision section of our website), you will see that we aspire to be a hospital, and caregivers, modeled on the heart and soul of the work of nurses and CNAs. We think corporate health care has it all wrong—medical care is not a business to profit from—it is loving service to all people.
CNAs are holding that torch until we wrestle health care away from the greed model and return it to a model of compassion and generosity. Corporate medicine has no interest in recognizing or rewarding CNAs for what they are worth—so CNAs, you must feel the richness of a life in loving care. You can’t do better. In our hospital model, to reinforce the idea that health care delivery is a loving service without hierarchy, the cleaning person and the surgeon make the same salary--$300/month. Staff will trade the wealth they can make for the privilege of serving in our community eco village model. Feel your wealth now…spread the word!
Medical doctor; Clown; Performer; Social Activist; Founder and Director of the Gesundheit Institute, a holistic medical community that has provided free medical care to thousands of patients since it began in 1971; Author of Gesundheit! & House Calls; Moving Speaker
Ballroom Dance Champion and TV Personality Mary Murphy
“Two years ago, I lost my father to lung cancer. The day I arrived home, it was as if he was waiting for me to get home after the finale [of So You Think You Can Dance]. I had to rush him to the hospital. I moved into the hospital for three weeks and saw firsthand what goes on. For the first time, I realized what hard work it was for the nurses and the nursing assistants. It opened my eyes to how compassionate, how relevent, their jobs are to the care of our loved ones. From what I witnessed, CNAs are nothing short of angels on this earth. I can’t thank them enough for what they did for my father and for checking up on me during a time of crisis in my life. They took care of us as if we were their own family and they have my deepest respect.”
Author Jodi Picoult
"When my middle son was five years old, he was diagnosed with a chronic condition that led to twelve surgeries in three year's time. We spent a great deal of time in hospitals, and I continue to be grateful for the support of the CNAs who made the journey a little less frightening for both my son and myself. Nurses are the heart of any medical organization - not just keeping that circulation going...but also the compassion." Jodi Picoult
United States Senator Kay Hagan
Like you, I am proud of the contributions made to our health care system by certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Certified nursing assistants, also known as nurses' aides, orderlies, patient care technicians, and home health aides, work under the supervision of a nurse to provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks.
CNAs are on the front lines of patient care and are vital to the daily operations of hospitals and nursing care facilities. Working closely with patients, CNAs are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. CNAs give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses.
National Nursing Assistants' Week is a time to recognize and honor nursing assistants for their important role and commitment to safe patient care and I join you in honoring this group of medical professionals.
Kay R. Hagan
Great Advice from Gail R., CNA
Gail Ritchie , Certified Nurse Aide
I have been a licensed CNA since 1998. It is the best thing I've ever done. I've worked agencies, hospitals, rehab, and LTCF. I've been at my current job since 2001. Along the way I have learned so much. At the end of my shift I know I've done a good job. My advice to new CNAS:
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