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:

Visit: National Network of Career Nursing Assistants website

Like:  National Network of Career Nursing Assistants Facebook page

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Congratulations to CNAs Everywhere!

June 10th, 2010 by Linda Leekley in Uncategorized

Every June, nursing assistants are honored for one week during National CNA Week.  Today is the first day of CNA Week 2010.  So, congratulations to CNAs (and other direct care workers) everywhere!

Of course, at Just for Nursing Assistants, we prefer to honor CNAs every day!  It is our mission to spread the word about the importance of the nursing assistant role…and, as a result, help to promote fair pay and increased benefits for direct care workers.  Right now, about one third of all direct care workers have no health insurance themselves.  How can we let that continue?

So, thanks to everyone who has already contributed a message to Just for Nursing Assistants.  The more voices heard, the better!  And a HUGE thank you to all the dedicated CNAs across the U.S. and beyond.  Enjoy your CNA Week…but please remember that we are here for you all year long!

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Got a Minute? Please Watch This Video…

June 8th, 2010 by Linda Leekley in Good to Know!

Please take a couple of minutes out of your day and watch this video.  It may be an eye-opener for you!

The Importance of Direct Care Workers

PHI is a great organization that has worked hard to improve working conditions, pay and benefits for the direct care workforce.  If you would like to help them in their effort to change state and national policies, please check out their PHIPolicyWorks website.

And, as always, thanks so much to all the direct care workers across the U.S. and beyond!

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The Importance of Nursing Assistants

June 4th, 2010 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs

It’s impossible to fly an airplane without wings, right?  And, there is no way to ride a bike without wheels.  The business of providing healthcare is a “machine” just like an airplane or a bicycle.  The entire “machine” of healthcare would crash without the direct client care provided by hardworking, dedicated and compassionate nursing assistants like you!

Every day that you come to work, you improve people’s lives.  Even if you only work with one client a day, you have an impact on that client’s entire family!  Whatever your title, CNA, Home Health Aide or Personal Care Aide, you are the member of the healthcare team who has the most direct contact with your clients or residents.

CNAs—not doctors or nurses— provide up to nine out of every ten hours of direct care for each patient!  You are IT! You are the “front-line.”  You are the one the client will remember.  You are the one with whom the client will develop a relationship.  Without you, there is no “machine.”

It takes a very special type of person to care for others in such an important and intimate way.

  • You have a genuine concern for others.
  • You are dependable.
  • You have integrity.
  • You work well individually and in a team.
  • You are able to handle stress.
  • You are careful and thorough with every task you complete.
  • You are always willing to take on new responsibilities and challenges.
  • You are able to communicate effectively.
  • You have both physical and emotional strength .

As a nurse, I applaud you.  And, as a member of our global community, I thank you, CNAs everywhere, for the amazing job you do in caring for the sick and/or the elderly!


Linda Leekley BS, RN

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May 27th, 2010 by Linda Leekley in Welcome

Linda Leekley BS, RN

Welcome to Just for Nursing Assistants…where CNAs are our only focus!

So, why create a website that’s all about nursing assistants?  Here’s why: we believe that direct caregivers—such as CNAs, home health aides and personal care aides—are the heroes of health care.  And, unfortunately, they are often unsung heroes.

If you take a trip through history, the same used to be true of nurses.  For example, did you know that most nurses were not allowed to take vital signs until the 1960s?  Physicians did not believe nurses had the skills necessary to use stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs!  All told, it took hundreds of years for nurses to garner the respect that they deserve.

What about CNAs?  They became part of the health care team in World War I when the Red Cross enlisted the help of untrained volunteers to assist nurses. Now, nearly 100 years later, nursing assistants provide up to 90% of the direct hands-on patient care.  In the United States alone, there are more than 3 million direct care workers and we are going to need 1 million more by 2016!

Nursing assistants earn our admiration every day by providing care to the sick and/or elderly in a variety of settings: hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, patients’ homes and more. You probably know someone who has been cared for by a certified nursing assistant. We’d love to hear your story—and help you share your thoughts with CNAs around the globe.

We can’t afford to wait another century to show respect and appreciation for nursing assistants.  Please join us today in honoring CNAs everywhere!

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