“In care facilities, nursing assistants provide daily physical care for the aged and disabled, including help with bathing, using the restroom, grooming, eating, mobility, and providing the caring and social support they need for a healthy existence. It is exhausting work under the best conditions. During a pandemic it is soul shaking. Nursing assistants have historically been subjected to poor wages and benefits, inadequate staffing ratios, and the stresses of caregiving; forcing nursing assistants out of the profession to work other jobs resulting in a high turnover rate and the vicious cycle of understaffing.”
Dr. Carrie L. Jarosinski RN, CNE, CWP
Health and Wellness Promotion Lead Faculty, Mid-State Technical College
Author of CNA: Nursing Assistant Certification
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