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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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!!

In Honor of the 36th Annual Nursing Assistants Week!!

June 12th, 2013 by Linda Leekley in Uncategorized

A HUGE thank you to nursing assistants everywhere for all you do for your clients!  You are definitely the unsung heroes of healthcare!

For anyone who doesn’t know or understand the importance of what CNAs do, please take a moment to watch this short video:

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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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A Good Nursing Assistant Is a Hero

June 17th, 2010 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Good to Know!

The other day, I found a great essay written by Mark Laughlin for the online magazine, Smile Politely.  It’s obvious that Mark has a great appreciation for nursing assistants and understands their importance to our health care system.  Here’s some of what Mark had to say:

  • Nursing assistants come in all shapes and sizes.  They are both male and female.  Their physical appearances are different, but they all have bodies that withstand the punishing nature of the work.
  • They do a lot of stuff that isn’t really in the job description. They arrange the Hallmark cards next to the bed, dial the phone for residents who can’t do it themselves and clean out the whiskers that are clogging the blades of the electric razor.
  • In short, nursing assistants help people who can’t completely help themselves.  A nursing assistant can be the functioning arms of a quadriplegic, the eyesight of a person who is blind, the voice of someone who cannot talk.
  • Nursing assistants don’t just work with their patients and residents—they pretty much live with them, 40 hours a week, sometimes for decades—until the patient or resident is discharged or dies.  Want to know if a resident prefers angel food or chocolate cake? What television shows they watch on Tuesday nights?  How many socks they have in their bottom dresser drawer?  Ask the nursing assistant.
  • Nursing assistants have a tough, dirty job.  They are often verbally abused by the residents they take care of.  This happens especially in nursing homes, where residents are often angry and no longer willing or able to be polite.
  • Nursing assistants have to deal with the most intimate and disgusting bodily functions of their residents—they change diapers, clean up vomit, etc.  Residents do sudden and shocking things. Nursing assistants get bit—literally.  That kind of stuff pushes your buttons, but a good nursing assistant deals with all of the above without losing their temper and does what is best for their residents at all times.
  • Nursing assistant work is generally viewed as not being highly-skilled.  In a sense, this is true.  It doesn’t take as long to learn how to operate a Hoyer lift as it does to learn a new computer programming language, for example.  But being a good nursing assistant is more than just a set of skills—it’s a gift.
  • A good nursing assistant has a capacity for caring that can’t be taught; some people have it, and some people don’t.   For instance, a nursing assistant might have a non-ambulatory resident with developmental disabilities who is showered lying down on a gurney and always gets upset when the water hits him.  So, the nursing assistant tries different things and finally discovers that singing to the resident calms him down.  She even figures out what songs he likes best.  Then, she sings to him every shift—for years.  She doesn’t just sing because it’s easier and safer to shower the resident when he’s calm.  She doesn’t do it because she’s being watched for her performance evaluation.  She does it because she’s like that—because she cares.
  • A good nursing assistant is a hero.

Thank you, Mark, for your insightful essay (which can be read in its entirety here).

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Only a CNA?

June 16th, 2010 by Linda Leekley in For CNAs, Good to Know!

Dawn Mazzola is a certified nursing assistant at a nursing/rehab facility.  She finds working with the elderly to be a very rewarding job, yet sometimes she feels her job goes overlooked.  One day after a long shift, she came home and wrote about being a CNA.

“Only” a CNA?

Who are you to refer to us,
As “Only” a CNA?

We’re the ones who wash and dress
Our patients for the day.

We’re the ones who take the time
To listen to them speak.

We listen about their lifetime,
In a forty hour week.

We also give our hands to hold
When someone’s feeling scared.

It’s not easy being a patient,
You’re never quite prepared.

We take the time to listen,
By lending both our ears.

We listen to their worries,
Or how they’ve spent their years.

Our arms were made to reach,
And even wrap around.

To give our patients hugs,
When they’re feeling a little down.

We help our patients do the things,
They used to do on their own.

Everybody needs some help,
Even when we’re grown.

So who are you to refer to us,
As “only” a CNA?

We do our best to meet their needs,
Within our working day.

We chose to do this job,
The job did not choose us.

We sympathize and empathize,
Compassion is a must.

We try to keep them comfortable,
And free of any fear.

We sit along beside them,
When that time is near.

We hold their hand, stroke their hair,
Just making sure they know.

They’re not alone, an aide is there,
It’s ok for them to go.

To all the CNAs keep your head held high,

We’re not “only” CNAs.


Source: FamilyFriendPoems website

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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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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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