Local hospice talks the important role of CNAs during National Nursing Assistants Week

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – June 18th-25th is National Nursing Assistants Week. This week is about recognizing the unique contributions of nursing assistants and other direct care workers.

“It is a very special time to highlight them and for our organization to highlight them. I do believe that they are an essential part of what we do, providing for our patients with care,” said Tim Mitchem of Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Chief Chaplain and Home Health Supervisor.

This year marks the 43rd annual National Nursing Assistants Week. This week is to honor anyone that provides daily care in nursing homes, home care hospice, long-term care hospitals, and community clinics.

“People can see what we do in many different organizations and not just hospice. You have hospitals, nursing homes, and private organizations that CNAs work for and it’s nice to be seen for what we do for a living,” said CNA Amy Lanham.

Nursing assistants can connect with peers by joining the National Honor Society also known as the 20-year club.

“I just think that everyone in the nursing field is awesome, and I just want to tell my fellow CNAs to keep up the good work,” said Lanham.