Just for Nursing Assistants was established by Linda Leekley, a registered nurse. Linda has devoted the last two decades of her career to the educational needs of certified nursing assistants. Here’s what Linda has to say about the mission of this site:
At Just for Nursing Assistants, we believe that frontline caregivers—such as CNAs, home health aides and personal care aides—are the heroes of health care. And, unfortunately, they are often unsung heroes.
If you look back in time, the same used to be true of nurses. For example, did you know that most nurses were not allowed to take vital signs until the 1960s? Physicians did not believe nurses had the skills necessary to use stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs! All told, it took hundreds of years for nurses to garner the respect that they deserve.
Nursing assistants have been part of the health care team since World War I when the Red Cross enlisted the help of untrained volunteers to assist nurses. Now, nearly 100 years later, nursing assistants provide up to 80% of the direct hands-on patient care. In the United States alone, there are more than 3 million direct care workers and there will be a need for 1 million more by 2016!
Nursing assistants earn our admiration every day by providing care to the sick and/or elderly in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, patients’ homes and more. Chances are, someone you know, a loved one or friend, has been cared for by a certified nursing assistant. We’d love to hear your story—and share your words with CNAs around the globe. Share your story...
Let’s not wait another century to show respect and appreciation for nursing assistants. Please join with us today in honoring CNAs everywhere!
Great Advice from Gail R., CNA
Gail Ritchie , Certified Nurse Aide
I have been a licensed CNA since 1998. It is the best thing I've ever done. I've worked agencies, hospitals, rehab, and LTCF. I've been at my current job since 2001. Along the way I have learned so much. At the end of my shift I know I've done a good job. My advice to new CNAS:
1) There are REASONS for ...