Hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and nursing homes all employ certified nursing assistants. CNAs are such an important part of any facility and are relied upon by all healthcare staff and patients.
There are more than 4.5 million caregivers across the nation who provide care each day in nursing homes and other long term care facilities. Nursing assistants are considered to be the eyes and ears in healthcare settings because they may provide between 80-90% of direct care to residents in long term care facilities.
Some become a CNA as a stepping stone as they move toward a goal of becoming a nurse. Others make a long term commitment and are known as “Career Nursing Assistants” or “Stayers”.
“Stayers Studies” (funded by the Administration on Aging, National Institute on Aging, 1997-98) was a study on those nursing assistants who remain in the profession. Here are some of the results of that study.
- 28% stay five or more years in positions as nursing assistants
- 12.6% stay 10-55 or more years
- Stayers maintain positive relationships with residents
- The majority of Stayers had a positive experience with an older person early in their life and this contributed to their decision to become a nursing assistant.
Making that choice to dedicate your work life to others as a Certified Nursing Assistant is commendable. By staying in that position as a Career Nursing Assistant, you will develop lasting relationships with your residents and be a role model for nursing assistants who are just beginning their journey.
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