What is CNA Appreciation Week? & How to Celebrate CNAs?

by | Jun 7, 2023

CNA Appreciation Week is a time to celebrate these amazing caregivers. It takes place annually during the second week of June every year. This is a week is a time to take a moment to recognize and show our appreciation for the certified nursing assistants (CNA) who partner with us in our senior living communities. Certified Nursing Assistants, or CNAs, are an integral part of our team and provide essential care for our residents.

As a Co-Owner of First Response Safety Training, I have had the great privilege of seeing the great work CNAs do for our seniors. In addition to seeing how well a few CNA at the Memory Center that took care of my mom in her final years. I can’t thank CNAs enough for what they do.

Who Are CNAs?

CNAs are often the first line of defense in providing care for seniors. They work tirelessly to ensure that residents are comfortable, safe, and well-cared for. They assist with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. They also help with mobility and provide emotional support for our residents.

CNAs are not just caregivers, they are companions. They build relationships with our residents and become a familiar face that our seniors can rely on. They take the time to listen and provide comfort and support during difficult times, not just to the residents, but to the families as well.

We understand that being a CNA is not an easy job. It requires physical and emotional strength, patience, and compassion. CNAs often work long hours and are on their feet for most of their shift. They also face unique challenges, such as dealing with dementia and other cognitive impairments.

Despite these challenges, our CNAs show up every day with a smile on their face and a willingness to provide the best care possible. They are truly heroes in our eyes.

During CNA Appreciation Week, we want to take the time to thank our CNAs for their hard work and dedication. We appreciate all that they do to make our senior living communities a wonderful place for our residents to call home.

10 Ideas to Show Appreciation For CNAs

  1. Write a heartfelt thank-you note or card expressing your gratitude for their hard work and dedication.
  2. Give a small token of appreciation, such as a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or a box of chocolates.
  3. Nominate them for a recognition award within their healthcare facility or community.
  4. Provide a meal or snacks for the CNA team during their shift to show your appreciation.
  5. Share a story of how they have impacted the life of your parent they take care of.
  6. Share positive feedback and compliments about their work with their supervisors or colleagues.
  7. Create a “Wall of Appreciation” in your facility where residents, families, and coworkers can post notes of gratitude and recognition for CNAs.
  8. Organize a surprise celebration or recognition event to honor their hard work and commitment to patient care.
  9. Encourage professional development by gifting them a book, course, or course related to their field.
  10. Offer emotional support and a listening ear when they need to talk about the challenges they face in their work. Show empathy and understanding for the difficult situations they encounter on the job.

If you know a CNA, take the time to thank them for their service. They deserve all the appreciation and recognition that they can get. Together, let us honor and celebrate our CNAs during this special week. Thank you for all that you do!

We would love to hear stories of how a CNA has made an impact on your life or those in your life in the comments below.

If you are in Georgia or South Carolina, we work with many senior care comminutes to train CNAs and other people on staff. Contact us to book a class at your community here or learn the benefits of working with us here.

About First Response

First Response provides CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety training to clients across Georgia and South Carolina for over 23 years. We believe training should be relevant, informative, and fun! Feedback from our clients consistently shows that they not only enjoy our classes, they learn something new–even for folks that have taken the class many times before.

Contact us to book a class for your facility, or sign up for a class here.

About the Author

<a href="https://www.firstresponsecpr.com/blog/author/kellyenser/" target="_self">Kelly Enser</a>

Kelly Enser

CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety Instructor

Kelly is one of the co-founders of First Response and have taught CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety since 2000. She primarily is the class coordinator for First Response which means she works with our great customers to organize trainings across Georgia and South Carolina. Due to this experience she is deeply aware of the needs and legal requirements for Child Care, Elder Care, Foster Care Parents, and any other industry that needs safety training. All of this provides a unique perspective for all of the articles she writes.

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