EVERY YEAR ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES, we dedicate a week in June to appreciate and honor certified nursing assistants (CNAs) all over the nation. This year, the 38th annual week falls from June 11th to the 18th.
CNAs can often be found dedicating their specialized training to caring for elders and disabled citizens, providing hands-on care with compassion. CNAs do so while performing duties such as helping their patients bathe, take medication, eat, and get around. CNA’s are a fundamental to healthcare, and their role will increase as the elder population grows.
4 ways to Express Appreciation if you aren’t a Medical Professional
1. Send a card
Sending a personalized card is a classic way to express appreciation. A card can be kept as a reminder that the CNA you appreciate is always respected during times of high stress.
2. Gift a framed picture
Framing a small photo of a proud moment captured, which can be placed in the work area of the CNA you appreciate.
3. Make a basket
CNAs work long hours, and often night or evening shifts. Putting together a small basket filled with coffee, energy bars, snacks, and fruits can help the CNA you appreciate during those tougher shifts.
4. Simply say thank you
Sometimes, all one needs is a simple “thanks”!
5 Ways to Celebrate Certified Nursing Assistants Week within the Office
1. Set up a relaxing room
CNAs are typically on their feet, which means tired muscles and fatigue. Setting up a dark area or room with a place to rest, even for 10 minutes, can allow CNAs some relief. Herbal teas or coffee can help alleviate stress and encourage alertness.
2. Create a “Thanks” poster or board
Create a specialized board or poster displaying photos of every CNA with a “thank you” message for all staff members to see.
3. Cater coffee and bake some treats
Since so many CNAs work nights and long shifts, bringing in coffee or some baked treats for breakfast or a snack can help CNA staff stay awake and refreshed!
4. Hand out daily certificates
Each day of the week, hand out unique certificates that are personalized to match the amazing work of every CNA, as each and every one is equally important.
5. Complementary luncheon
Organize a complementary lunch for all CNAs in the office to express gratefulness.
Certified Nursing Assistants Week is a time and opportunity to remind any CNA in your life that he or she is appreciated and needed everyday.
How will you celebrate CNA week? Comment below!