June 16-23 National Nursing Assistants Week: New Roles, New Goals!
This month we celebrate the 34th annual National Nursing Assistants Week in honor of those professionals who provide care and services to residents in the post-acute healthcare setting—including nursing assistants, direct care workers, nurse aides, hospice and in-home care aides, restorative aides, and others.
Led by the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants, the theme of this year’s celebration is “New Roles, New Goals” and focuses on encouraging caregivers to take on new responsibilities and expand their skills to increase awareness about the need for quality care in nursing homes and other post-acute care facilities.
The week begins on National Career Nursing Assistants Day (June 16) and marks the beginning of a weeklong recognition of nursing assistants and their role in our country’s healthcare system. According to the NNCNA, “Nursing assistants are key players in the lives of the people in their care. Each day, more than 2.5 million caregivers provide hands-on care to our nation’s frail, elderly, or chronically challenged citizens…and the number is growing as an additional 700,000 new positions will need to be filled in the next 25 years.”
Events are planned throughout the country and will feature unique opportunities for nursing assistants to receive valuable training and educational resources, as well as connect with others in the community in order to “create projects and programs that will continue throughout the year for the benefit of all”.
Want to learn more? Download the National Nursing Assistants Week 2011 Planning Guide & PR Kit here for recommended activities and more.