National Nursing Assistants Week is June 11-18. The week allows us to recognize the special contributions of nursing assistants and other direct care workers who provide daily care in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. To provide such demanding, steadfast care is a task many of us could not handle alone. Hupy and Abraham would like to acknowledge the herculean work of nursing assistants, and share our appreciation for the invaluable service they provide.
The nursing industry is one of the most rapidly expanding career fields in the nation. With the growing aging population, these caregivers will find no shortage of job opportunities. They will remain busy, as nursing assistants provide nearly 90 percent of the care received by residents of long-term care facilities, like nursing homes. However, it’s hard to ignore that the nursing profession also incurs some of the largest numbers of workman’s compensation injury claims. In terms of injuries, nursing assistants are injured more often than any other occupation, including construction workers.
A 2004 survey by the National Nursing Assistants found that nursing assistants in nursing homes report regularly suffering many different types of injuries including scratches, cuts, back injuries, black eyes and other bruises, pulled muscles and even human bites. Many of these injuries can be attributed to improper staffing, and a lack of medical equipment to help lift, maneuver or care for their many patients.
Nursing assistants provide a critical and irreplaceable service to our society, a service in which many of us will need to partake someday. Hupy and Abraham would like to take this opportunity to thank nursing assistants for all the wonderful work they do. Their hard-sought compassion benefits us and our loved ones, during what is often the most trying times of our lives.If you know a nursing assistant, be sure to take the time to thank them, and show your appreciation for all that they do.