National CNA Week 2024: 7 Ways to Celebrate You

Happy CNA Week 2024: We’ll Be There For You

Ready for National CNA Week? From June 13-19th 2024, this special week is all about celebrating you: the dedicated CNAs who are the heartbeat of healthcare. It’s hard to fit all our CNA appreciation into one week, so we’ve created a guide on how you can continually grow, succeed, and take care in your career.

You’re always there for others. So, from self-care to the biggest career opportunities, let’s look at ways to celebrate you during National CNA Week.

What is National CNA Week 2024?

Led by the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), this 2024’s CNA Appreciation Week theme is “We’ll Be There For You.” To our CNA friends, this perfectly captures the essence of your work: Always being there for those who need you the most.

“We’ll Be There For You” is a promise that reflects your everyday reality. Whether you provide care, comfort, or companionship, you are a constant presence in the lives of your patients and their families. Therefore, we’re thrilled to join the National CNA Week celebration and celebrate you.

CNA Appreciation: The Impact You Make

As a CNA, the impact you make is personal and powerful. For instance, your hands help heal, and your care comforts those in need. ​​Here are just a few reasons we celebrate National CNA Appreciation Week:

  • You Help Maintain a Quality of Life

From helping with bathing and dressing to feeding, your hands-on care helps patients maintain their dignity and quality of life, no matter their struggles.

  • You are a Healthcare Advocate

You are the voice for patients, making sure their needs and preferences are heard and respected. You play a crucial role in the healthcare team to ensure patients receive the care they need, when they need it.

  • You Strengthen Your Community

CNAs make a difference in the lives of the aging population, individuals with disabilities, and anyone in need. The strong bonds you create with patients and their families foster a sense of support that continues to make a difference.

Ways to Celebrate National CNA Week

Ready to celebrate your hard work? Here are four ways to make the most of National CNA Week:

Prioritize Self-Care

Make sure you can always be there by taking care of your needs, too. Your well-being is just as important as the care you provide. Whether diving into a hobby, catching up on sleep, spending time with friends, or enjoying a peaceful walk in nature, find simple ways to prioritize self-care during CNA Appreciation Week.

Expand Your Knowledge (and Opportunities)

Grab your CNA bestie and participate in professional development together! Find courses, webinars, and other learning opportunities to celebrate the week. For example, discover National CNA Week webinars on key topics like self-advocacy and handling microaggressions.

Update Your Resume

What better time to update your CNA resume than National CNA Week? Take some time to reflect on your achievements, and make sure your resume showcases your growth. Highlight new skills for your CNA Resume, certifications, and experiences that can help you advance your career.

Treat Yourself to Exclusive Discounts

Enjoy the perks of being a CNA! Several brands offer discounts on products and services for healthcare pros — treat yourself and take advantage of these offers!

Ways to Advance Your CNA Career this Week

Celebrate and unlock the biggest career advancement opportunities during National CNA Week! As a dedicated CNA, you’re always there for others. Now, it’s time to pursue your own dreams and ambitions.

Whether you want to stay in the CNA field or venture outside of it, discover three ways to level up your career path and pay:

Earn Additional Certifications

Thinking about taking your career to the next level? Look into completing certifications that can specialize your skills, expand your job opportunities, and even increase your pay:

  • Certified Medication Assistant (CMA): Get certified to dispense medications.
  • Home Health Aide Certification: Specialize in working with patients in the comfort of their own homes.
  • Alzheimer’s Training: Gain more insight when working with aging adults in skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care facilities.
  • Safety Training: Feel confident working in behavioral and mental health facilities.

Become a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse

Want to significantly increase your earnings? Consider heading back to school to become a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

LPN/LVNs earn an average of 50% more than CNAs, while RNs earn more than double. With the nursing shortage, advancing your education opens endless career opportunities and a higher earning potential.

Spread Your Wings

RNs aren’t the only traveling healthcare professionals. Lastly, explore travel CNA roles or apply to PRN jobs near you to see how you can gain experience faster and increase your salary.

Celebrating National CNA Week All Year Long

Celebrate National CNA Week! This is your time to shine and honor your dedication, impact, and goals. To support you in being there for others, CareerStaff is here to connect you with CNA job opportunities that align with your personal and professional goals.

Quick Apply now to connect with a recruiter and see the opportunities waiting for you!