June 13, 2018
Thursday, June 14 kicks off National Nursing Assistants’ Week (June 14-21, 2018). There are more than 2.5 million Patient Care Techs (nursing assistants) who assist in providing care to persons living in nursing homes, their own homes, or other long-term care facilities. Patient care techs provide nearly 80 to 90 percent of the direct care received by the patients in long-term care settings.
Patient care techs provide compassionate care to our elderly, handicapped or chronically ill. They perform many different tasks from meal preparation, assisting with dressing and showers, to taking the person to medical appointments. Patient care techs have a desire to help those who may not be able to help themselves, and take great pride in caring for those in need. They are some of the hardest working people and most dedicated care givers in healthcare.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during World War II, nursing aides were first trained to work in military hospitals. Over 1,000 nursing aide or nursing assistants, served overseas. After the war, these workers were called health aids and they often worked in clinics and for the Visiting Nurses Association. During the 1940s the Red Cross trained them in hospital procedures because they needed more workers. Many of the nursing assistants during World War II worked for the Red Cross.
Take time during National Nursing Assistants’ Week to honor and recognize patient care tech’s hard work and dedication. The often work long and demanding hours and deserve the respect and recognition for their services. Memorial Healthcare would like to thank our patient care techs for the patience and care they show to our patients each and every day.