Good Samaritan Society celebrated National CNA week with food trucks

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Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 10:44 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Certified Nursing Assistants do a lot of important work in health care, but they don’t always get the recognition they’ve earned.

That’s why this week is recognized as National CNA Week. The good samaritan society celebrated the occasion at their Sioux Falls Village on Wednesday, by bringing in food trucks and providing lunch for their CNAs.

Many of these assistants are taking on more duties because of ongoing staffing shortages and while the job is a lot of work, CNAs say it’s also very rewarding.

“As we get older a lot of people do end up in nursing homes, so I find it really important to be on the other end of it, and be the one who’s working with them and seeing what they go through every day, the hard days and the good days,” said certified nursing assistant Megan VanKalsbeek. “So anybody that is thinking about becoming a CNA or working in a nursing home, I very much recommend it.”

The need for CNAs is only expected to grow. The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants estimates an additional 700,000 new positions will need to be filled over the next 25 years.

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