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Certified National Nursing Assistant Week

Certified National Nursing Assistant Week

National Career Nursing Assistant Week

June 9th – 16th is National Career Nursing Assistant Week.  BOOST would like to take this time to recognize all of the women and men who commit themselves to patient-centered care by providing critical direct services to

individuals and their families.  Each day, more than 4.5 million caregivers provide hands-on care to our nation’s frail, elderly, or chronically challenged citizens in nursing homes and other long term care settings. 

According to the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants, Nursing Assistants are key players in the lives of the people in their care.

We know them by many names to include Nursing Assistant, Nurse Aide, Direct Care Worker, Care Assistant, Caregiver, Hospice Aide, In-Home Care Aide, ED Assistant, Resident Assistant, Hospice Assistant, Patient Care Assistant, Personal Care Assistant, Geriatric Aide, Restorative Aide, Health Care Assistant, and many more. 

Interesting Facts About Nursing Assistants

  •  The history of nursing assistants actually dates back to World War I when the American Red Cross created a program to train individuals to assist nurses during the war.   The program was referred to as the Volunteer Nurses’ Aide Service.
  • Congress passed the Omnibus Reconciliation Act in 1987 to ensure that well trained and skilled individuals were hired to work as nursing assistants in nursing care and other healthcare facilities that are Medicare and Medicaid Certified.
  • If you are a certified nursing assistant, it can improve your chances of being accepted into a nursing school program.  In fact, some nursing schools to include Robeson Community College require students to hold their nursing assistant certification before they can enter the program. 
  • Although most nursing assistants earn between $20,000-$30,000 per year, some earn more than $35,000 annually.  The state where a CNA is employed, their experience and additional skills and training are determining factors in the salary of a CNA.
  • BOOST at Robeson Community College encourages certified Nurse Aides to obtain stackable credentials like Medication Aide, EKG, and Phlebotomy to enhance their chances of obtaining employment and earning a competitive salary.
  • The job outlook for Nurse Assistants in North Carolina is  great with a 27% increase in the number of positions available by 2022. 

Join us as we say, Thank You!  to all who serve  and make a difference in the lives of so many.  If you are interested in learning more about a career as a Nurse Aide or related field contact BOOST.   

We invite you to attend an Information Session to learn more about New Pathways to Healthcare Careers at Robeson Community College and enroll in our Fall semester.   If you are interested in learning more Click Here

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