Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Appreciation Week, also known as National Nurses Assistant Week, is a week-long observation that has been in existence since 1977. Traditionally, CNA Appreciation Week begins on the second Thursday of the second full week of June on a yearly basis. Also, CNA Appreciation Week is quickly approaching. This year, CNA Appreciation Week begins on June 13th and continues through the end of the day on June 20th.
The point of CNA Appreciation Week is to recognize the hard work, contributions, indispensability and positive impact that nursing assistants give to the healthcare industry. Many nurse aides work their magic without recognition. It has been said that CNAs are the tried and true backbones of the healthcare system in the US and around the world. Without the beneficial contributions that CNAs regularly make, the realm of direct patient care just would not be the same.
Therefore, employers, managers and others who routinely deal with CNAs should spend the next week giving the warmest thanks for all the unsung efforts and dedicated work during this unique time of the year. In addition, healthcare companies and facilities that utilize CNAs should express their profound gratitude by providing catered meals, gift bags, donuts, pastries, special tee shirts, chair massages, and other cool goodies that clearly convey “thank you” for a job well done.
Members of the general public can also display their genuine gratitude for all the wondrous things that nursing assistants do during National Nurses Assistant Week 2019. Here are some heartfelt actions that regular lay people can take to observe CNA Appreciation Week.
- Use the #NursingAssistantsWeek hashtag when posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other popular social media sharing platforms.
- Show some gratitude to the nursing assistants at local healthcare facilities with a greeting card or gift cards to a local restaurant or coffee shop.
- Encourage a young person or unemployed /underemployed person to enter the healthcare field by training to become a nursing assistant.
- Create a handmade poster comprised of “thank you” notes from friends, strangers, family members, neighbors, non-nursing coworkers and members of staff.
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