Thanking CNAs Everywhere!

June 15th, 2016 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Honoring CNAs

While we appreciate CNAs every day of the year, it’s important to acknowledge 2016 CNA Week:

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Honoring Nursing Assistants Everywhere!

May 5th, 2014 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Honoring CNAs
It is our pleasure to announce and lend our support to National Nursing Assistants’ Week.  Genevieve Gibson, the Director of the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants, provided us with the following information:
The 37th annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week recognizes the unique contributions of nursing assistants and other direct care workers who provide daily care in nursing homes, home care, and other long-term care settings.  Here are some facts about the upcoming NA Week:
  • NA Week 2014 begins on June 12th, Career Nursing Assistants Day, and continues through June 19, 2014.
  • Each day of NA Week focuses on a different aspect of the slogan, “Nursing Assistants@the Heart of Caring.”
  • Career Nursing Assistants Day honors “Stayers,” those NAs eligible for the National Honor Society for Nursing Assistants or those who have remained in caring positions for extended periods of time.
  • Projects and programs planned for this week focus on respect, encouragement, listening, contracting , partnering  and other soft skills required for Person-Centered Care.

If you would like more information, please…

Contact: Genevieve Gipson: cnajeni@aol.com

Visit: National Network of Career Nursing Assistants website

Like:  National Network of Career Nursing Assistants Facebook page

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A Long Term Care Hero!

March 5th, 2014 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Honoring CNAs

It’s wonderful to read inspiring articles about direct care workers…and this article by Lori Porter certainly fits the bill!  Lori is a former nursing assistant herself who went on to serve more than 30 years as a nursing home administrator.  She is also  the co-founder and CEO of the National Association of Health Care Assistants.

Ms. Porter recalls the first hero she ever met working in long-term care, a CNA named Stella Parrish.  She viewed Stella as a hero for many reasons, especially because:

“She gave me an attitude adjustment that saved my career in long-term care — and this was back in the days before all the buzz words of “empowerment” and being positive. Stella schooled me well, explaining that she was tired of hearing me complain about everything. She told me the nursing home meant something to her and she would not allow me to make everyone miserable. She concluded with a request that if I could not stop complaining and inciting negativity among my co-workers that I leave. I did stop complaining and thanks to Stella, I became a better nursing assistant and a better person.”

We agree with Ms. Porter that there are CNAs who serve as role models working throughout both acute and long term care.  As she says in her article, “You know who they are — the ones who pack a clean uniform in a bag and bring to work with them when there are winter storms approaching, the ones who agree to work that one last shift you don’t have covered, those you know have your back, bringing you information you need to know but that others may be afraid to tell you.”

Keep reading to find out what happened to Stella Parrish and what advice Ms. Porter gives to those who supervise direct care workers.  We think she’s right on the money!  And, thank you to all the “Stella Parrish’s” out there who serve as role models, embodying all it means to be a professional certified nursing assistant!

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Another Amazing Certified Nursing Assistant!

February 5th, 2014 by Linda Leekley in Honoring CNAs

In 1979, Nancy Ruschak began working as a certified nursing assistant.  After 34 years, she continues to love her job.  Currently, she works as a hospice aide, caring for the terminally ill and their families.  Recently, Nancy was honored by her employer, Amedysis, as the Hospice Aide of the Year.

Her organization says that Nancy earned the award by demonstrating “clinical excellence with patients, positively influencing patients and families, and functioning as an outstanding member of the care team.”

About her patients, Nancy says, ““Everybody touches me. They all touch my heart, and I hope I touch their heart too.”

You can read more about Nancy and the work she does as a hospice aide here.

And, from all of us at Just for Nursing Assistants, congratulations to Nancy…and thank you for your decades of service!

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THANK YOU to Home Health Aides Everywhere!

June 13th, 2013 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Honoring CNAs

This week, June 13th through June 19th, is the 36th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week.  It’s a great time to let direct care givers know how much they are appreciated!  That includes all the hardworking home health aides who take such good care of their clients–so that regardless of illness or age, they can stay in their own homes.  Take a moment to hear how Nancy, a home health aide, describes her work:

THANK YOU Nancy…and home health aides everywhere!!


Nursing Assistants Are Olympic Heroes!

August 15th, 2012 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Honoring CNAs

Recently, Pamela Tabar, the Associate Editor for Long Term Living Magazine, wrote an article about the Olympic feats performed by caregivers. She begins her article with a humorous look at what events would make up a Caregiver Olympics, such as Wheelchair Slalom and Mad Bathroom Dash. However, at the heart of her message is this:

“Caregiving is a marathon and a passion. Like the Wide World of Sports catchphrase, the vocation includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The progress of yesterday can be erased by tomorrow.”

Ms. Tabar also says that nursing assistants:

  • “possess incredible stamina and patience while enduring gruelling repetition: how to take the meds and what time it is and what’s for dinner and why no one came to visit this week.”
  • “know that caregiving is a team effort—on every shift, at every facility. They support their colleagues physically and emotionally in order to combat high stress and high nurse burnout rates.”
  • “come back each day knowing that they probably won’t receive the rewards they have earned through hard work and dedication. A heartfelt thanks would stretch far, but they usually don’t get that, either.”

We couldn’t agree more and we thank Ms. Tabar for her dedication to the professionalism of nursing assistants. Click here to read the complete article, entitled The Olympic Feats of Caregivers.

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Making a Difference as a CNA

June 28th, 2012 by admin in For CNAs, Honoring CNAs

Martha Sloane, a certified nursing assistant at Fairview Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, shared her thoughts with us about her CNA career and why she loves her job so much. Here’s what Martha had to say:

Four days a week, I drive to a my job on Unit II at Fairview Commons. As I head to work, I anticipate the varied needs of my residents. I drive with a feeling of hope — that I will be able to make a difference in a resident’s life for that day, bringing them comfort, perhaps some laughter and, most of all, thorough and careful nursing care.

The unit I work on consists of a wonderful team of men and women. Their ages range from 20 to 60. You might think the age gap would make it difficult for us to work together.  But that’s not the case!  We work as a real team.  Each CNA has a group for which they are responsible in addition to working with other CNAs when they need assistance. Because we know each other well enough we are able to arrange work according to each of our strengths and weaknesses.  And, we share our knowledge and skills for resident care with each other.

My work as a CNA is tough – no doubt about it.  It is non-stop from the time my shift begins.  My job requires a great deal of physical and mental strength and excellent interpersonal skills:

  • Physical because of the type of care required which means lots of resident lifting.
  • Mental because of the variety of residents’ personalities and ailments and being alert to new symptoms a resident might express or that we notice.
  • Interpersonal because I spend time reassuring each resident they are important and showing them that I am happy to see them.

Most of all, my job means providing good nursing care to each resident for whom I am responsible.

I work with some great nurses. They look out for resident safety and the safety of the us CNAs.  They look, listen and investigate concerns that my fellow CNAs and I express about a resident’s condition and they assist us with procedures when we need an extra pair of hands or some reassurance.

What a good feeling it is to go home at the end of my shift and know I have made a difference in someone’s life, provided good care, perhaps shared a laugh or two or simply spent some time with residents holding their hands to assure them I am there for them!

Fairview Commons is an affiliate of Berkshire Healthcare Systems, the largest non-profit, post-acute care company in Massachusetts. Fairview Commons employees enjoy enhanced education and training opportunities and clearly defined paths for growth and development.

If you are interested in working with great people like Martha Sloane, please send your resume and cover note to: ddufur@bhs1.org

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Cat Shero, CNA, Is a HERO in Our Books!

October 6th, 2011 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Honoring CNAs

We love this story about Catherine Shero, CNA.  It was published in the TriValley Dispatch newspaper.

Catherine “Cat” Shero started her career as a certified nursing assistant after graduating from high school in Flint, Mich., in 1973.

“I just kind of fell into it back then,” said Shero, who went to high school with filmmaker Michael Moore. “I stayed in it because it was my passion – because I like taking care of the people.”

Shero, 55, said she has never considered another occupation, or going back to school to become a nurse. After all, she loves her job, and described her patients as “our most vulnerable population.”

She moved to Prescott from Happy Jack three years ago, and has worked since then at Meadow Park Care Center, a 64-bed skilled nursing facility.

Shero is now lead CNA at Meadow Park, and is assigned to 19 patients with behavioral health issues. Her duties include bathing and dressing people.

You can read the full story here.  Our heartfelt thanks and congratulations go out to Cat!!

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Congratulations to a Deserving CNA!

October 6th, 2011 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Honoring CNAs

Paula Blunt, a certified nursing assistant at Delmar Gardens North, is the second-place winner of the “I Make a Difference Award,” a national award from Positive Promotions.

Blunt’s nomination was based on her 20 years of service, nine of them at Delmar Gardens North.

Blunt’s administrator and charge nurse describe her as a “mini teacher,” saying she always mentors new nursing assistants, helping them develop their skills.

CONGRATULATIONS  to you, Paula, from all of us at Just For Nursing Assistants!

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Betty Perez: Hero of Long Term Care!

June 25th, 2010 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Honoring CNAs

Betty Perez, Nurse Aide & Hero

The Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) has selected Betty Perez, a nurse aide, as its June 2010 Hero of Long Term Care.  To honor Betty, the OHCA will feature her on their website throughout the month of June.  She will also be celebrated at the 2011 OHCA annual conference.

Betty works at Wapakoneta Manor in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  Her administrator, Lorraine Fischio, had this to say about her:

“Betty has the ability to stay focused on the residents’ needs…making them her top priority.  She has a ‘can-do’ attitude and her co-workers enjoy working with her.  She goes above and beyond the call of duty, coming in to work on off-shifts and helping out as needed.  Through her efforts, Betty puts a smile on the faces of everyone she touches.  She is our hero!”

All of us at Just for Nursing Assistants applaud Betty for her devotion to her work.  And, we congratulate her on her achievement!

Note: You can read more about Betty here.

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