CareBuilders at Home honors all Nursing Assistants during National Nursing Assistants week for all that they do to provide quality care.
Consider the following taken from cna-network.org:
Nursing assistants are key players in the lives of the people in their care. Each day, more than 4.5 million caregivers provide hands-on care to our nation’s frail, elderly, or chronically challenged citizens in nursing homes and other long term care settings. And the number is growing as an additional 700,000 new positions will need to be filled in the next 25 years.
These important workers have various titles including: Nursing Assistants, Direct Care Workers, Care Assistants, Home Care Assistants, Caregivers, Hospice Assistants, Geriatric Aide/Assistants, Resident Assistants, Personal Care Assistants, Restorative Aides, Patient Care Assistants and others in nursing homes, home care, hospice, LTC hospitals, Emergency rooms, prisons, MR Facilities, Workshops and other long term care settings
Nursing Assistants provide as much as 80-90% of the direct care received by residents and clients in long term care facilities.
Because they stay in care giving positions, Career Nursing Assistants provide predictability and stability to care. This in turn enhances the feeling of security for our aging, frail, or physically challenged citizens. The following findings are from the “Stayers Studies” (funded by the Administration on Aging, National Institute on Aging):
|28% stay 5 or more years in positions as nursing assistants|
|12.6% stay 10-55 or more years|
|Stayers maintain positive relationships with residents|
|Stayers value job security and peer relationships|
|Stayers are considered to be health care experts in their own families|
|The majority of Stayers had a positive experience with an older person early in life and this factor contributed to their decision to become a nursing assistants.|
Career Nurse Assistants bring wisdom, patience, humor, and a general attitude of caring to the daily lives of these people.
The Career Nursing Assistant also provides a role model for new nursing assistants and are often recognized as the health care expert in their own families.
Nursing Assistants Mission:
We believe that the residents in nursing homes and other long-term care settings deserve courteous and appropriate care and a quality of life within the health care system.
We further believe that the nursing assistant or direct care worker who provides 90% of this direct-care deserves realistic assignments, appropriate training and supervision, adequate compensation and benefits, career advancement opportunities, recognition of effort and a work environment that provides the support and supplies needed in order to perform tasks of care.
We will create a National Voice by, for and with nursing assistants and other direct care givers through programs of career development, recognition, education, research, networking and coalition building, peer support and advocacy for all nursing assistants in nursing homes, home care, and other long term care settings.