Support Groups for Nursing Assistants

Jeff Moore Avery Healthcare, medical

Working as a Nursing Assistant can be very fulfilling. It is a great feeling to know you spent your day helping others. However, with this job comes a great deal of stress and frustration at times. This is due to short staffing so there is too much to get done, issues with other medical staff, and dealing with terminally ill patients or those who have died while in your care. All of this can start to take a toll on a Nursing Assistant, both physically and mentally. As a result, many Nursing Assistants suffer from burnout. They no longer find joy in the profession they were once passionate about.

To help you manage the stress and other factors that your job as a Nursing Assistant brings, support groups are a great way to discuss how you are feeling, both the good and the bad. It is a way to create relationships and receive support from others in the same profession. You will also have the ability to provide support to others in the group.

There are many ways Nursing Assistants set up support groups. It is very easy to put up a flier at work and ask those who are interested to come to a meeting. Make sure your flier addresses the group is only for Nursing Assistants. Many employers will support this effort, and offer you a meeting place. Make sure you discuss your reasons for wanting to establish a support group to administration prior to advertising.

Some groups meet weekly while others meet every other week. You can have established topics for each meeting or just allow members to bring to the table what ever they want. Make sure to set up ground rules for respect as well as prevent the meetings from becoming nothing but complaint sessions. The purpose of the support group is to help you stay positive, not generate the negative.

If your group of co-workers is very small, you might decide to set up a Nursing Assistant support group in your community, inviting Nursing Assistants from all medical facilities to meet together. You can select a central location such as the library. Often Churches will allow groups to gather in their facilities when not in use. You can also choose to rotate the medical facility that will host each meeting.

Online support groups for Nursing Assistants have become very popular. They allow you a level on animosity that face to face meetings do not. Also, your group will consist of people from all over the Nation, not just in your area. This can lead to learning new ways that work well for others that you can apply to your work environment. Online support groups for Nursing Assistants are free to join. They also don’t require an effort being put into reminders for meetings, or securing places to meet.

One such online support group called Nursing Assistant Central .com has thousands of members. They invite individuals thinking of entering the Nursing Assistant program, those who are in the program, recent certificate holders, and those employed as a Nursing Assistant. There are message boards and chat rooms to discuss hundreds of topics. There is even a section where individuals can post questions related to their job. This site offers support and relieve to individuals in the Nursing Assistant field everyday.

It is important for Nursing Assistants to be aware of the dangers of stress and burnout in their profession. Having a reliable support system in place is a great way to offset the effects of stress and burnout. While our families and friends are often supportive of our career choice, they don’t understand the depth of some of the challenging issues that happen for Nursing Assistants in their job. Having a support group made up of your peers allows you a resource that is walking in the same shoes. If you are hesitant, give a meeting or two a try. You just might find it is exactly what you need to help you keep that level of enthusiasm for your job at its best.

 

Nursing Assistants Organizations

  • 4CNA’s – We provide reliable information for certified nursing assistants and for those interested in a career as an certified nursing assistant.

    American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) is committed to advancing the vision of healthy, affordable, ethical aging services for America.

  • Career Nursing Assistants Career Nurse Assistants’ Programs, Inc. is a non-profit, tax exempt, educational organization promoting recognition, education, research, advocacy and peer support development for nursing assistants in nursing homes and other long term care settings

  • Enrolled Nurse Professional Association of NSW – The Enrolled Nurse Professional Association (ENPA) was formed in 1994 at Ashfield NSW after the Inaugural State Conference for Enrolled Nurses (NSW 1993) identified a need for special interest groups to be formed to pursue the professional interests of this group of  nurses. 

  • National Association of Geriatric Nursing Assistants NAGNA – NAGNA is a non-profit organization working to ensure that the highest quality of care is provided to our elders living in nursing homes, achieved by elevating the professional standing and performance of the caregivers. (USA)

  • National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service – Founded by Practical Nurse Educators in 1941, NAPNES is the world’s oldest nursing organization dedicated exclusively to promotion of quality nursing service through the practice of licensed practical nurses (LPN) and licensed vocational nurses (LVN).

  • National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform – The National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) was formed because of public concern about substandard care in nursing homes. NCCNHR is the outgrowth of work first achieved by advocates working for Ralph Nader and later for the National Gray Panthers.

  • National Network of Career Nursing Assistants Nursing assistants are key players in the lives of the people in their care, and each nursing assistant is called to create an environment of caring for the resident or client and the worker as well. (USA)

  • The Florida Association Of Nursing Assistants The Florida Association of Nurse Assistants, Inc., FANA, originated September, 1995, as The Nurse Assistant Educational Support Group.