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Join us in celebrating  Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) this week, June 18-25, 2020 

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide as much as 90% of the care received by residents in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Now more than ever, these front-line works need and deserve support and appreciation for the hard work, support, and care they give daily. 

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. These important workers have various titles including: Nursing Assistant, Direct Care Worker, Nurse Aide, Care Assistant, Caregiver, Restorative Aide, Health Care Assistant, Activity Aide or Assistant, and many more titles.

At the Reach LTC Family of Communities located throughout St. Louis, Kansas City and Missouri towns, including Meadowview of Harrisonville and Rolla Health and Rehabilitation Suites, we would like to give a shout out to all CNAs. Every day, and in particular through the pandemic, they have been steadfast in their care and compassion for our Residents, our communities’ fragile population. 

Here are three examples of the exemplary work and compassion our CNAs display as shared by Meadowview of Harrisonville Administrator Shayron Carr:

Shelly Ranking, CNA/ CMT, Meadowview of Harrisonville: Shelly Rankin has been employed at Meadowview for 31 years, started in dietary and worked her way into nursing. Shelly has worked in memory care for the past 5 years. Shelly was asked, what motivates her to keep coming to work and she stated, "My residents because, working in memory care every day is different and nothing stays the same." Shelly is a great asset to the team here at Meadowview because, of her loving, caring, and patience that she shows toward the residents. 

Barb Spitler, CNA, Meadowview of Harrisonville: Barb has been employed here at Meadowview for 35 years. She enjoys coming to work because seeing the residents being happy. Barb has worked in our memory care for the past 7 years. Barb is one of a kind. She has a great personality and is definitely what our memory care needs. The residents, families, and employees love Barb here at the facility. 

Sara Chase, CNA, Meadowview of Harrisonville: Sarah has been employed at Meadowview for 5 months. I am going to describe Sarah in one word and I am going to call her a "Soldier." Sarah has been working in our isolation wing since we developed our first case of COVID-19. Sarah voluntarily worked long shifts (6) days a week with (1) off day. She has great work ethics and a genuine heart for the residents. Sarah was asked why did she chose to work the isolation wing and she stated, "She wanted to help them so, they could get better." Also, Sara stated what motives her to come to work is, “Waking up and telling herself that it is a new day and that God got this!”

Stacy Fisk, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing at Rolla Health and Rehabilitation Suites shares appreciation for RHR CNAs, including CNA Jessica Hall. "She is an amazing person inside and out. She does an outstanding job taking care of our residents and going the extra mile to make sure that they are well taken care of. All of the residents here at RHR speak very highly of her. She always has a smile on her face and never misses working her shifts. She is an excellent team player and helps out all of our staff if needed. Our staff as well as I, know that when she is asked to perform a duty or care for a resident that we have complete trust that the resident is getting the highest quality of care and is treated with respect and dignity. I truly cannot say enough about how blessed we are here at Rolla Health and Rehabilitation Suites to have her as our employee. I just wanted to take this time to give her the recognition that she deserves." 

About Certified Nursing Assistant week

Each nursing assistant is a "Key Player" in the lives of the people in her/his care. Change is everywhere in health care today and every CNA has an important role in working with others to create the changes that will benefit all. Nursing assistants are called on develop new skills in person centered care, electronic reporting, and to prevent rehospitalizations as well as provide for safety in the care setting.

In keeping with this emphasis, our focus is on “Kindness” and the Official Slogan for the 43rd Annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week 2020 is “Nursing Assistants: Kindness in Action ©” (Source CNA-Network)

Thank you

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