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Statement from the NAHCA Board of Directors

February 9, 2021
In recent months, there has been much talk about the contribution of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) during the pandemic. However, seldom are those working in hospice and home health mentioned. The Board of Directors of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) would like the public to know how essential hospice and home health CNAs are to this profession.
There appears to be a misconception that these professionals are not on the frontlines fighting Covid-19 and risking their lives as CNAs in other healthcare settings do. We as an association want all CNAs to get the appreciation and respect they deserve.
“Those working in hospice and home care put their health and safety aside to go into homes, as well as healthcare settings, to provide care or give comfort in the final days and moments of life,” said Sherry Perry, chair of the NAHCA Board of Directors. “They are on the frontlines like the rest of us. We are all in this together!”

NAHCA Board of Directors Makes Statement on CNA Duty During Pandemic

December 23, 2020
The Board of Directors of National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) made the following statement on each Certified Nursing Assistant’s (CNA’s) role and responsibility during the COVID-19 pandemic: “The Board of Directors of The National Association of Healthcare Assistants supports and encourages all CNAs to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. … (read more)

Lori Porter’s Statement on Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes Report

9/17/2020
The following is a statement from Lori Porter, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA): The release of the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes report represents a significant accomplishment for the stakeholders involved in creating it and for the entities involved in bringing it to fruition. It was truly an honor to serve on this panel with such esteemed individuals. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a voice for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and to bring to light the many issues confronting them as they continue to work on the frontlines in a battle against COVID-19 and beyond.
Although I support this report, I have done so with reservations about the Workforce Ecosystem. Specifically, NAHCA supports government funded staffing requirements for CNAs in nursing homes. … (read more)

Grabowski to Present at First-Ever CNA Staffing Summit

9/20/2020
The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and CNAs for Quality Care will hold the first-ever CNA Staffing Summit on Oct. 20, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, David Grabowski, Ph.D., will present the state of the research on COVID-19 and direct care staff. Since the outbreak, Grabowski has extensively studied the virus’ impacts on nursing homes, testified twice before Congress, written op-eds, and served on the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. … (read more)

Rick Matros to Present at First-Ever CNA Staffing Summit

9/20/2020
The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and CNAs for Quality Care will hold the first-ever CNA Staffing Summit on Oct. 20, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern. This virtual event will convene nursing home operators, administrators, nursing staff, directors of nursing, HR professionals, recruiters, and more so that everyone can learn from CNAs — as well as from each other—with the objective of creating a more unified workforce. Chairman and CEO of Sabra Health Care REIT … (read more)

CNAs Represented on Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

5/14/2020
The National Association of Health Care Assistants, NAHCA, an organization with over 20,000 members working as CNAs primarily in the nation’s nursing homes and long term care facilities, issued the following statement after MITRE released the appointed members of the newly- formed Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. … (read more)

Mark Parkinson Gives CNAs on the Front Lines a Video Message

4/5/2020
Mark Parkinson, President and CEO, American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, and the former governor of Kansas. I know as a former Governor, when you are in a crisis you need people to step up. You need people to be heroes, and I’m here today to join NAHCA and  all of our friends at NAHCA to say, Our Frontline caregivers you are CNAs, you are our heroes. … (listen here)

CNN Investigative Report on Sexual Assault in This Nation’s Nursing Homes

2/23/2017
The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) is saddened and sickened by the CNN investigative report on sexual assault in this nation’s nursing homes. As an organization promoting on- going education and a CNA Code of Ethics, NAHCA is resolute in the fight against resident abuse of any form. NAHCA supports the Elder Justice Act and the maximum punishment for those committing any form of abuse and those failing to act on resident complaints of abuse. … (read more)