A person must know their own value. As we pay tribute to our women and men who serve on the frontline of long term care, keep in mind the best way to communicate how you feel about them and their service is to stop a CNA in action this week and look them in the eye and say, "I know I don't say it enough, no one possibly could, but you matter and you are a valued part of this team!"
This week, nearly 1 million certified nursing assistants across the nation have been celebrating National Nursing Home Week as they render their special care services to nearly 1.5 million residents living in skilled nursing centers.
Early in my career, I met a long-term care role model who changed my attitude. I've held up her service as the best example of how one person can influence an entire nursing home.
In my 32 years of careful study regarding the divide between administration and certified nursing aides, I have learned many things. One of the most important discoveries is that there are two separate languages spoken between administration and CNAs.
EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS WEBCAST IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LISTENING 'ON DEMAND' BY CLICKING THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PAGE BELOW. McKnight's will host a free, one-hour webcast Aug. 22 that is sure to be a professional boost for nurse managers and administrators in long-term care settings. The event will explore certified nurse aide dynamics and relationships in long-term care settings. Lori Porter, the CEO of the National Association of Health Care Assistants will be the featured speaker.