It’s my week! This has been my profession since 2003!
C.N.A stand for Certified Nursing Assistant. National CNA week runs through June 18th-24th. Let’s honor CNA’s for their hardworking and the care that they provide.
What does a CNA do? Well, we take care of patients or residents in Nursing homes, assisted livings, and hospitals.
We get people up in the morning to start their day. We dress, shower, brush their hair, help them brush their teeth, and take them to the restroom throughout the day. We put lotion and care for their fragile skin. We transfer them in out of bed, to and from the toilet and shower or to and from their recliner. We get their trash everyday, and feed them and ensure they have enough liquids. We take blood pressure, and other vitals signs. We do light housekeeping, and laundry. We take them to meals, to activities, and sometimes we do activities for them. We curl their hair, do their make-up.
We monitor their behavior, comfort them and re-direct them, and help them with their dementia/Alzheimer’s.
We chart, and report to the Nurse about what is going on.
This is an incredibly reward and fulfilling job! There is never a dull moment. It is very tiring, and can cause mental and physical exhaustion. Self care is important! I don’t even work a 5 day work week, because it is so tiring, my husband pays the bills, I am lucky!
We are the foundation of the building, we keep things running. We are underappreciated and under paid! I would like to see a day where we are more respected by family members and especially the management. So much is expected of us, and we work sick, and a lot of the time do not get breaks. We keep our residents alive, and we keep the company in business. We care more about their well being.
I would like to see a day with more aides that work hard to take care of their residents, and not be lazy, and wait for someone else to do their job! More that aren’t there just for a paycheck barely above minimum wage, that do their best for the people they are caring for, and do little as possible.
Cheers to CNA’s everywhere. You have a meaningful job and are making a huge difference in the world, and in the lives of others. Thank you for all your hard work, and dedication in caring for people who cannot care for themselves!
We are also risking our lives in a time like now, because one of my Nurses at work has Covid.