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We'll Be There For You: iCare Health Network Celebrates National Nursing Assistants' Day and Week, 2024

June 13, 2024

MANCHESTER (June 13, 2024) – iCare Health Network celebrates National Career Nursing Assistants Day which takes place June 15, 2024. National Nursing Assistants’ Week is June 13th to June 19th. The day and week are an annual celebrations that recognizes the invaluable contributions of Nursing Assistants in skilled nursing, long term care and other healthcare settings.

The theme for CNA Week 2024, set by the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), is “We’ll Be There for You.” This theme emphasizes the unwavering commitment CNAs show every day, transforming empathy into meaningful, hands on care. CNAs provide essential support that significantly enhances patients’ quality of life.

CNAs provide an estimated 90 percent of the hands-on care in nursing homes. Their duties encompass a wide array of tasks, from assisting with daily activities such as bathing and dressing to providing emotional support and companionship. They are the ones who are there, day in and day out, ensuring that residents receive the care and attention they need to thrive.

Whether it’s holding a hand during a difficult moment or offering a listening ear, CNAs provide comfort and reassurance to residents who may feel vulnerable or isolated. CNAs are in constant proximity to those under their care. This proximity allows them to develop meaningful relationships with residents, gaining insights into their unique needs and preferences. It’s through these relationships that CNAs are able to provide personalized care that goes beyond mere medical assistance.

In skilled nursing and long-term care centers, CNAs serve as the eyes and ears of the healthcare team. They are often the first to notice changes in a resident’s condition, alerting nurses and physicians to potential issues. This vigilance is essential in maintaining the health and well-being of residents, as early intervention can prevent complications and improve outcomes.

On behalf of iCare Health Network, a huge thank you to our entire CNA team and CNAs everywhere!