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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lovable Labels BlogHer’ 11 Getaway Contest

Abraham Lincoln helped to end slavery.

Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus, and fought for civil rights.

Martin Luther king, he had a dream.

These 3 names above have made a difference. They have changed the way we think, act, and interpret things that we see and do in life. Without their brave actions, and their “I can” attitudes, the world would not be what it is today. Some say that this world is a wreck, and is not in great shape, but just think how much worse it would be if these 3 people didn’t step up and do something.

Did you see someone in a wheelchair today? Have you ever seen someone who is either paraplegic or quadriplegic? Have you ever been to a hospital or a nursing home? Maybe you know someone who needs help or assistance in order to live, and be able to do things like get dressed, go to the bathroom, shower, and eat.

That’s where I come in. We are mostly behind the scenes, and you may never see us at all. All you see of us is our work. That person in the wheelchair you saw, most likely didn’t dress themselves this morning shower themselves, or make their own food. But you wouldn’t know that by just seeing them.

Myself, and the people I refer to are the loving and caring people with the profession of nursing assistant. Nursing assistants help one person at a time, and make a difference in an elderly, disabled, or sick person’s life. When there are factors of age, illness, or disability, you see us. We work at nursing homes, hospitals, and even in your home. We do this to make sure you can live to your full potential.

I am a Nursing Assistant, and I wouldn’t change that for anything. As a nursing assistant, you touch so many lives, and help people in so many ways. More ways than you could ever think possible. Without us, Doctors, and Nurses wouldn’t know half of what they do. Nursing Assistants are the eyes and ears of all that goes on with their client.

Sometimes, Nursing assistants are the only human contact that the elderly, sick or disabled see on a regular basis. Human contact is essential in order to live.

One of my clients is a 96 year old woman, whose husband passed away 15 years ago. She never had any children, and all her relatives have since passed away, or moved away. Other than the occasional phone call, she didn’t have much human interaction until I became her care taker. There are days that I help her by getting her dressed and cooking her meals, and there are other days that we just sit and talk. She tells me stories of her childhood, and from when her husband was alive, and I tell her stories about funny things the kids or my husband did. She trusts me, and she confides in me. Not only am I her nursing assistant, but I am her friend. Sometimes, just being a friend is all someone needs.

I may not be able to end world hunger, or be able to make peace on earth. But at the end of the day, even with two cranky children, and a cranky husband, I know that I made a difference in someone’s life.

Do you have an elderly neighbor? Next time you see them, take 5 minutes out of your busy day, and walk over and talk to them, and just by doing this, you can make a difference in your community too. It doesn’t matter if it affects 1 person, or 1 million. It will still make a difference in someone’s life, and that’s all that matters.

So, my answer is YES, one person CAN make a difference! 
DISCLOSURE:This post was written as an entry into the Loveable Labels Blogher Contest. I was not compensated and didn't recieve anything for this post. This post is my original writing, and true story.  To join this contest, or see other entries please visit Loveable Labels Facebook Page Here: Loveable Labels


joanna said...

Wow! This is an amazing and well written post, and has enlightened me so much in all that a CNA does to help people. It is because of caring and professional people like you that so many people are thriving and well. Thank you for all that you do.

Jessica said...

Wonderful post! I am happy every day that there are people like you out there who can do (and often love) such demanding jobs. Keep it up because you are right, you DO make a difference. Good luck in the BlogHer contest.

Michelle said...

You're an incredible lady. This is an awesome post. A true eye opener. I am glad you get to touch so many lives. Keep up the good work sweetie!! I am glad you've dedicated your life to making a difference in others. I know you're placing smiles on faces everywhere you go. Good luck with the contest. Either way, you ARE a winner!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Very nicely put! :)

genealogy said...

Very well said, and so true, nurses are never given enough credit. I watched it first hand when my now 10 month old was in NICU,and after her heart surgery!

Anonymous said...

Such a powerful story. I am one of those people who needs assistance, at age 50! You see how beautiful life is when its not so easy. And to have people who do care, for 10-15 minutes at a time....means the world. Sometimes they are the only ones who don't treat us like lepers. Way to go, you have a beautiful heart, and it shows.

Heather said...

Very well said!!! : ) Thank you for sharing!!

Megan said...

Great post! I am always so amazed by the strength it must take to do the job you do! My mom took care of my dying grandmother for over a year and it inspired her to become a CNA. My aunt is the director of nursing education at my local hospital and when I had my daughter I made sure to tell her how much I appreciated all that the nurses and CNA's did while I was there. I know that many times that appreciation is not always shown and I wanted to make sure I told as many people (and brought food!) how wonderful they were!

JaxMommy said...

As someone who has worked as a CNA I applaud you for doing the job and obviously caring about it! It is a very rewarding job and I loved reading you post as it is so true and wonderfully written!

ErinHodge said...

I want to thank you for everything you do. I have been in and out of the hospital with my 7 week old son and I personally appreciated all of the work the CNA's did for us. They would talk to me and comfort me when things got rough. They also fought for us to get the treatment we deserved fromt he doctors. You guys really are not appreciated enough and I hope that changes one day! You deserve so much. I applaud you for all your hard work

Mehera said...

It is normally the ones that are behind the scenes, that we don't see too often, that make the difference. We need to be more aware and appreciative of those people! Well written post.