Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Personal Care Workers (PCW) provide support – emotional, physical, and spiritual. They make caring connections and build unique bonds with those they tend to and their families. They anticipate, assure, and ease. Their jobs are rewarding yet tiring, full of both laughter and tears. They do what they do because they want to – not because they have to. They care!
Unfortunately, the efforts of these behind-the-scenes caregivers often go unrecognized, so on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, staff from Globe University-Wausau took some time to acknowledge and appreciate the PCWs and CNAs in the area and let them know that we care about them!
Massage therapy students provided neck and shoulder massages to help these workers de-stress and relax. Students in the medical assistant and health care management programs drew for raffle prizes and gave take-home gifts of candy for each guest. Administration and admissions personnel brought pasta, cake and refreshments for everyone.
Karen Kosidowski-Bergen, a guest from Aspirus Occupational Health, spoke about health and wellness activities, and Kerry Miller-Mouzon, acting medical assistant program chair, led a session on injury-preventive and stress-relief stretching. In addition, Globe University medical assistant alumni, Steve Jeske, talked to those present about his experiences in both the CNA and medical assistant positions.
We just wanted to show “We Care” in a slightly different way.
June 13 is Certified Nursing Assistant Day. Please take a moment that day, and every day, to acknowledge all that Personal Care Workers and Certified Nursing Assistants do on a daily basis.
By Julie Krizan, Health Care Management Program Chair, Globe University-Wausau