June 15-22 is the 40th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week
Ways to Show Appreciation to Nursing Assistants
Nursing Assistants work very hard to offer a contribution to the medical field.
They help patients meet their basic needs. They also offer comfort and support. They work one-on-one with patients, getting to know them better than some of the other medical staff. They use this knowledge to make things easier for the patient as well as to help the other staff do what is best for the patient. In addition, they work with nursing staff, often assisting with anything that comes up at a moment’s notice.
There are several things patients, staff, and employers can do to recognize the efforts of Nursing Assistants.
Many patients and their families choose to send a simple thank you note or letter to the Nursing Assistant. Often, this heartfelt thank you is more than sufficient. It can often help a Nursing Assistant stay motivated, knowing what they do really does make a difference for many people. A simple gift of candy, flowers, or a gift card can also be a great token of appreciation for someone who offered so much during your time of need.
Employers need to make sure Nursing Assistants feel appreciated as well. Verbal appreciation should be expressed towards the efforts of Nursing Assistants. Another great way to show appreciation is to ask Nursing Assistants for their input regarding patient care and include them in discussions about how to handle particular patient issues. This will definitely make them feel appreciated and valued.