Hey CNA's thank-you for choosing to care for others who can't help themselves, many times going above and beyond what you are required to do. I have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair to get around, I have had many operations to help me walk but none have really worked, while I remember the Nurses the most, I also can't forget the nurses other half the CNA's!! I can care for myself thankfully I'm just unable to walk. Like most people after I have an operation I need help doing most things for a few days. It was always comforting to know if the nurse was busy the CNA was always there to help. I know many of you DO care about the people you care for, and do get upset when you can't give them the care you want, or have the supplies you need.
Just know that you are appreciated and valued.
I'm 27 years old and I'll never forget this one CNA I had when I was only 7 years old. She was 21 years old at the time. She was so bubbly, friendly and seemed with every task she did give it her all. She was so comforting to be around. Every night she would go around and give the patients who wanted one a hug.
Once a month she would come in on her day off and, just spend time with us in the game room, spend time with patients who did not get a lot or any visitors, more or less spending her whole day with us, which I always thought was very nice of her to do. I know she enjoyed her job, she would often tell me that. She said I don't like all of the tasks I have to do, but don't MIND doing/helping others who can't do it themselves. I will always remember her voice, smile, and love for what she did, and kindness. I also remember all of the CNA's who helped me and were friendly, or took a second to hold my hand when I was scared. Don't think the little things you do don't matter, it makes a big difference in a patients stay.
To the ones who spend your own money so a patient can have the supplies they need, are very gentle while performing care, and just offer a warm smile or a kind word during care thanks so much. To the ones who don't roll your eyes or sigh when we have get something to make us go to the bathroom thank you, it's no picnic for us either.
Happy CNA week!!