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Celebrate National Nursing Assistants Week (June 11-18)

Celebrate National Nursing Assistants Week (June 11-18)

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Thursday, June 11 kicks off the 32nd Annual National Nursing Assistants Week (June 11-18, 2009). Nursing assistants, also known as nurse aides, direct care workers, caregivers, certified nursing assistants, geriatric aides, unlicensed assistive personnel, orderlies, home health aides, or hospital attendants, provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff.

More than 2.5 million nursing assistants help elderly, frail, or chronically challenged persons live in nursing homes, their own homes, and other long-term care settings. They provide nearly 80 to 90 percent of the direct care received by clients in long-term care facilities, bringing patience, a caring attitude and wisdom to their practices.

Take time to recognize and honor nursing assistants’ hard work and dedication during National Nursing Assistants Week.

10 Great Ways to Appreciate the Nursing Assistant(s) in Your Life:

1. Prepare a video of clients saying why they appreciate their NAs

2. Send flowers and write a nice card saying why you appreciate them

3. Display a collage of photos, hobbies and interests of your NAs and put it in a prominent place

4. Bring in bagels, doughnuts or homemade treats

5. Schedule an awards ceremony and give out awards, like “Most Enthusiastic” or “Most Reliable”

6. Create a poster with “Thank You” notes from clients, their family members and staff

7. Enroll eligible Career Nurse Assistants as members in the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants

8. Plan a night out for your NAs by getting group discount rates to a theatre production or comedy show

9. Bring in a masseuse and help your NAs relax. Massage therapy school students offer free or very reasonable rates

10. Plan a staff appreciation potluck dinner and movie

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