Just though I would share again the letter I gave to my caregivers for Christmas! Being a CNA is a wonderful self sacrificing position, and worthy of respect and much praise!
And for those that have read this...and those reading it now...YES I got flack from the Admin for this! Just this week I got called in for having "issues", and turns out that they think I am trying to be a PR for CNA's and not a RN which they hired me for! They also told me I was getting bascially too big for my britches...WHAT? For saying Thank you in a Christmas Letter!?!?!?! Oh goodness golly..if I am going to get a tongue lashing for saying a heart felt thank you to my CNA staff...all I can say is Bring it on! If thanking someone is wrong, then someone in admin needs to go! (they are mad, just like I thought, that they didn't do this first...I know that is what this is all about!)
Anyway..enjoy, and for you CNA's out there, I consider this as how I feel about all hard working CNA's out there..so it is for you too!!!!
To my wonderful CNA's!
When I think of the gift of giving, I only need to look down a hallway, or in the breakroom and know that I work with the kindest of givers this planet has! From wiping a tear off a cheek, to holding one up so they may take a step, to cleaning a person that may not be able to, and providing the greatest gift of all...a chance for dignity, love and health for the rest of someone's life!
I see the kindness of the Holiday Season daily...in your eyes, in your smiles...and yes, even in a frustrated face when the day has been long and hard! I know that in your heart you do this because it is part of your own special natural glowing personality that can never be dulled...but keeps on shining come what may! And I can't tell you how impressed, appreciative, and down right proud I am to work with such a wonderful group of people!
When I think of the Holidays wishes I can't help but think of you all, of your families, and of all the hard work and sacrifice you and yours give during the year. The countless birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays we all have missed so that we can take care of our residents who need us. I consider not only your sacrifices, but those of your families too, and I wish with every part of me that you and yours have a very special and Happy Holiday Season!
You certainly deserve this and more!!! For the first time in my work career, I feel like I have a very large extended family...and I am truly blessed to have the honor of knowing such fine, wonderful, caring and supportive people like yourselves! I am not use to getting to know those who I work with, something I just never felt comfortable doing...but I can't help but feel a warm glow when I talk to others about the great set of people I work with! Even when I get that Nurse voice of "WHAT?!?!"over the walkie, or that look of "okay one more thing on my plate and I will...." I go home in my car thinking how lucky I am to have folks that understand that despite the craziness we all go through, and yes..the subsequent crabbiness (yeah that's an understatement..LOL!)...we are still there for each other! We certainly are a team, and through times of happiness and sorrow, frustration and joy...we get the job done for folks that can not do it for themselves. And that, my friends, is a talent to say the least, and a thing you can only give if you truly know how to care!
Thank you for all you do day in and day out, and I can honestly say without a doubt, I wouldn't know what I would do without you!
SO why be a CNA...re-read the first paragraph in the letter