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MMH Celebrates National Nursing Assistants Week

June 10, 2019

Some of MMH’s Nursing Assistants with Medical/Surgical/ICU Director Deb Cameron. From left to right: Dawn LaShomb, NA, Deb Cameron, RN, Medical/Surgical/ICU Director, Mindy Bowles, NA, Elly Ramsey, NA, Kim Pelkey, NA

National Nursing Assistants Week is celebrated annually, and this year it begins on June 13, 2019. Massena Memorial Hospital realizes the important role these individuals play in the delivery of care to patients and would like to take the time recognize these hardworking staff members. MMH’s Nursing Assistants team includes Mindy Bowles, Rosemary Deragon, Crystal Gilbride, Sara Guest, Amber LaPage, Dawn LaShomb, Aryanna Mossow, Jordan Munson, Kim Pelkey, Elly Ramsey, Kayla Vice and Kristy Young.

Nursing assistants have various responsibilities within healthcare settings. Daily duties include providing basic care to patients, including assistance with bathing, dressing, eating, and repositioning or moving the patient. Nursing assistants also gather information from physicians and other clinicians about patients’ conditions and care plans to ensure their needs are met. In addition to directly caring for patients, nursing assistants clean, restock, and change the linens in patient areas.

Deb Cameron, RN, Medical/Surgical/ICU Director, said, “Nursing Assistants are a vital part of the patient care team as they spend the most “hands on” on time with the patients. NAs are responsible for providing direct patient care, ensuring patients comfort and safety, and helping the patient meet various health needs and goals. I'm extremely proud of our NAs at MMH. They truly make a positive impact on the well-being of our patients.”