Nursing Home Assistant's Week

By Katherine Miller

STAFF WRITER

CROWLEY – “Yes, we can! Teamwork” is the chosen theme for the 32nd annual Nursing Assistants’ Week, which began Thursday, June 11 and continues through Thursday, June 18.

National Assistants’ Day kicked off a week-long celebration that honors persons of this profession for the differences they make in the lives of the people in their care. This particular day is set aside to recognize the longevity of service, special contributions, and the accomplishments of nursing assistants who have made caring their career. It also “showcases innovative approaches nursing assistants create to foster comfort, alleviate stress, encourage friendships and provide for the well-being of the elderly and disabled citizens.”

The focus of day one was “Honoring our wisdom keepers”; day two, “honoring the power of we”; day three “teamwork, the language of we”; day four, “lightning the load”; day five, “solving problems together”; day five, “solving problems together”; day six, “taking our place at the table”; day seven, “sharing outcomes”; and day eight, “reaching out to peers.”

Nursing assistants are important members of the health care team who possess a high level of experience and ability, but without qualification is unable to perform some tasks.

They perform such tasks as formulating care plans, nursing assessments, administering medications and assisting in surgery room preparation. They are affectionately known as “the nurse’s eyes and ears.”

Odile Huesers, director of nursing at Summerwood Nursing Home in Crowley, said that the facility will be honoring its certified nursing assistants during this week with an appreciation barbecue this coming Monday.

These events will also tie into the “Through the Decades” program that all area nursing homes are currently participating in. Residents and staff will also participate in an afternoon prom social and view movies from this particular era throughout the week.

“Everyone is having a blast,” added Huesers.

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