Across the United States, there are 1.5 million Americans who serve as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) ensuring the safety and health of our family members, friends and even ourselves.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, CNAs provide 80-90 percent of hands-on care, a number illustrating their true impact on our patient population. CNAs are healthcare professionals that assist their patients with specific medical needs or activities of daily living under the supervision of a licensed nurse. CNAs may assist with a variety of different tasks such as grooming, providing nutritious meals or checking vital signs such as blood pressure or heart rate.
While many CNAs typically work eight hour shifts, the COVID-19 pandemic altered what was known as a typical day. In an effort to meet the unprecedented demands of patient care, CNAs, along with their team members, have worked extensive hours over the course of the past year.
While their lives changed immensely over the past year, CNAs have continued to remain resilient. They are committed to assisting people through the some of the most challenging times of their lives by providing exceptional care each and every day.
At American Senior Communities (ASC), CNAs are not only a critical part of our healthcare team but have left a long-lasting footprint on the lives of our residents and their families. Our CNAs embody our mission in serving each customer with quality care and excellence. They exemplify our core values of Compassion, Accountability, Relationships and Excellence (C.A.R.E) and truly take the time to get to know each resident and connect with them on a personal level. While their grit, determination and compassion has been glaringly evident in many years past, their light really shined through and touched the hearts of many residents and family members this past year, as our CNAs held the hands of residents when loved ones couldn’t be with them during one of our most challenging times.
The CNAs of ASC continue to show their resiliency as they provide the highest level of care often putting the need of their patients before their own. Thank you to all CNAs for your dedication and commitment over the past year; you truly are today’s healthcare heroes.