A week of appreciation celebrating the tireless dedication and contributions of certified nursing assistants kicks off with National Certified Nursing Assistant Day on June 17, 2021!
Those in the healthcare industry have celebrated National Certified Nursing Assistants Week in recognition of the service and knowledge CNAs offer those in their care since 1977. Certified nurse assistants are healthcare professionals who work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing environments, and senior living communities, serving people in need. Coordinating care between patients and doctors, CNAs often assist individuals in performing daily tasks they might not be able to handle on their own. These medical professionals are vital components in assuring well-rounded, compassionate care.
CNAs were first established during World War I when the “Volunteer Nurse Aide Service” was established for American Red Cross, with nearly 8,000 nurses initially deployed to serve under the program. Serving alongside U.S. Army nurses, CNAs worked triage in major areas, treating wounded soldiers and providing acute care in reserve, field, base and civilian hospitals. 60 years after the end of the war, the passing of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 revolutionized the senior services industry, creating a large demand for CNA professionals across the country.
In honor of these incredible staff members, Eskaton will be hosting recognition events at all residential living communities and care centers throughout the week. Take a look at our Facebook page to see how Eskaton is celebrating and highlighting the contributions of CNAs throughout the Eskaton organization. We ask you to join us to honoring their commitment to older adults throughout our state and across the nation!