The four Kane Regional Centers will be celebrating the 35th Annual National Nursing Assistants' Week, starting June 14, 2012 until June 21st. Career Nursing Assistants' Day will be June 14th.
This year's theme is "Nursing Assistants @ the Heart of Care," emphasizing the fact that nursing assistants are called on to develop new skills in person-centered care. Person-centered care, also called culture change, is a major component in nursing home care. Person-centered care works to base key long-term decisions on individual resident needs, preferences, and expectations.
"Nursing Assistants work hands-on with the residents every day. Outside of their own family members, the CNAs have the most contact with our residents" said Dennis Biondo, Executive Director of Kane Regional Centers. "Our CNAs allow us to provide the exceptional level of care that the residents and their families to which they are accustomed."
Nursing Assistants supply much of the care received by residents in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. They are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, always striving to make the residents comfortable and happy. The week will recognize the efforts and dedication of these important healthcare workers.
The first day of the week will recognize and honor the "Wisdom Keeper." This is the Experienced Career Nursing Assistant who provides consistency to care-giving for long periods of time, often working for five, ten, or as many as 50 years.
The Kane Regional Centers acknowledge the hard work and compassion of their Certified Nursing Assistants. We thank them for their dedication to the residents.
For more information, contact Bryan Nicodemus, Community Outreach Representative, at 412-422-6773.