Celebrate the role of
Nursing Assistants on
9-16 June 2016
National Nursing Assistants Week takes place from 9-16 June 2016 in the USA.
Now in its 39th year, this annual event is a special time to show our local communities how residents and carers can work together to provide care for those who need it.
There will be a number of fun, educational events held throughout the week, all aimed at showing us the amazing work carers do and inspiring us to get involved!
In 2016 carers can look forward to recognition events rewarding the unsung heroes who care every day, as well as events in the press to help raise awareness.
On 9 June 2015 at the start of this special week it is National Career Nursing Assistants Day. This is also an important time to recognise the work of carers who have dedicated their lives to caring for others and to learn from the skills they have gained in that time.
There are lots of ways to get involved, whether you are already a carer or would like to learn more about how to become one.
To find out more visit the National Nursing Assistants Week and get involved today!
39th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week
39th Annual National
Nursing Assistants Week
June 9-16, 2016
Nursing Assistants Day
June 9, 2016
Now as never before, attention is being directed to care of our elder and disabled citizens and greater attention also is directed to the workers who provide hands-on-care and caring.
The 39th annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week provides a timely opportunity to foster and showcase the wonderful things that can happen for residents and workers when we join together in planning your special Week, “Nursing Assistants – I Choose Respect.”
Fun projects can also be educational. NA Week Projects for 2016 include Recognition events, Mayor Proclamations, memos to families and news releases; and also includes Person Centered Care Programs such as “Partnerships: Meeting the Future with Skill and Confidence;” We also continue the focus on Safe Lifting and decreasing worker injuries.
In order to make a difference, we need to seek out and involve our role models, peers, supervisors, clients, families, community, legislators, public policy officials, media and others. Nursing Assistants Week provides a venue to bring folks together to create partnerships, projects and programs that will continue throughout the year for the benefit of all.
CAREER NURSING ASSISTANTS DAY: June 9, 2016
The First Day of Nursing Assistants and Direct Care Workers Week–June 9, 2016–is designated as National Career Nursing Assistants’ Day to recognize nursing assistants who have dedicated their lives to the well-being of others for 5 to as many as 58 years.
These “Wisdom Keepers” © play an important role in showcasing “Partnerships ” because they are the “Historians of What Works.” They have developed a wide repertoire of skills and wisdom about how to apply principals of Person Centered care to daily tasks of care. Click here for more info about National Twenty Year Club and National Honor Society for Nursing Assistants.
For ideas on how to commemorate this special day and to request a free copy of the 2016 Planning Guide, click here. 2016 Guide coming soon.
REASONS TO CELEBRATE NOW!
From William Painter, Past President of Board NNCNA,
Advisor to the Male Nursing Assistant Task Force
Recognition for direct care workers has seemed to grow slightly in the past few years. While some of this recognition has to do with a growing awareness of the professional contribution of direct care workers, and is very welcomed, there has also been an increase in displays of “recognition” that are somewhat less sincere and driven by other motives.
This last kind of superficial “pat on the back” might help people feel good for awhile, but not really change care practices for either the workers or the people they care for.
What really changes things is when people come to a genuine understanding of the fundamental role that direct care workers have in creating quality in long term care in this country. Real change for the better only starts when people begin to understand the actual skills it takes to do this work.
The very best way for this kind of genuine recognition and real change to happen is for direct care workers to advocate for themselves! Direct care workers have to take it upon themselves to partner with public, state and federal government agencies, and, in particular, their elected officials about the nature of the work and what workers need to do the job right. Here are some ideas that you can use to advocate for yourself:
- Use the Language of Respect and Cooperation on a daily basis when working with clients, coworkers, families and the community
- Make sure that you and your co-workers are registered to vote.
- Educate yourself and co-workers about the political issues that affect your jobs and the care you give. (Check news stories. Pay special attention to articles about wages and benefits, overtime pay, parity, staffing ratios, safety on the job, and job-training.
- Get to know your lawmakers! Call your legislators. Write letters. Find out who the influential people are in long term care and contact them. Get a small group together and make an appointment to visit.
- Practice your message and avoid complaining – be assertive and professional. It is your government and your money being spent! Don’t be chicken! They hear from the other “experts”, but if they are ever going to understand how it really is, they have got to hear directly from you!
- Look for and create opportunities to speak to churches, civic organizations, seniors groups, etc.
The time to act is right now! YOU are the Great American Caregiver and this is your year. Make National Nurse Assistant’s Week a time, not just accept recognition from others, but a time to celebrate all the things you have done already to make your profession everything it can be!