Nursing Assistants Week, being celebrated this year June 15-22, was established by the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants to promote recognition, education, research, advocacy and peer support development for nursing assistants in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. This year marks the 40th celebration of Career Nursing Assistants Week - providing healthcare facilities with the opportunity to plan a special week in honor of their nursing assistants. There are many ways in which organizations can celebrate Nursing Assistants Week and showcase the work of their staff. Here’s how:
Whether your organization employs mostly permanent nurses or recruits workers from a medical temp agency, recognizing your employees is one of the most impactful ways to empower your team. Some ideas for recognition events could include a company luncheon, awards ceremony or a press event with elected community officials. Any event which celebrates the talents of your nursing assistants is a great way to generate awareness about the work of your nursing assistants.
Often patients are not informed about the impact nursing assistants have on their care. Educating your patients through posters, brochures and signs in your office will promote the work of your staff while garnering a greater appreciation by the public about your team of nursing assistants. You can also distribute T-shirts and pens which say “Nursing Assistants Week” that can serve as useful marketing collateral for your organization.
Involve Your Team
As you plan the week’s festivities, you’ll want to involve your entire team in brainstorming events and initiatives. This will increase awareness of your nursing assistants internally, encouraging everyone on your staff to show their appreciation for your nursing assistants. You’ll also encourage teamwork and collaboration which will make the planning process more fun for everyone involved.
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