"Nursing Assistants: Creating a Community of Caring"

Celebrating 42 years as a professional organization for nursing assistants and other direct care workers in long term care.

You help us meet our goals for 2019 when you:

~ Foster Positive Connections with and between residents.

~ Practice using the language of Encouragement.

~ Huddle with other team members to discuss tasks for today.

~ Talk to a legislator or public official about issues of staffing and consistent assignments.

~ Submit an essay, poem or song to the NA Authors Club.

~ Recognize your Nursing Assistants who have 20 or more years of service. Submit their names to the National Honor society for NAs.

~ Talk to your local church group or high school about being a NA.

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Projects focusing on this initiative continue throughout the year: Fill out the contact form below with a description of your projects and continue to visit this website for more ideas.


Contact Info

Who We Are


Career Nurse Assistants’ Programs, Inc is also known as the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants, 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. (EIN # 34-1782518).




National programs include: National Nursing Assistants’ Week celebrating its 42nd anniversary in 2019, the National Twenty Year Club and Most Service Years Awards for Nursing Assistants, the Nursing Assistants as Authors Program, and Male NA Task Force on Adequacy of Staffing. Members also develop Position Statements and testimonies for legislative and public policy use.

Ohio based programs provide a ready field testing arena for programs to be disseminated across the country and include: NA Training, Train the Trainer, Trainers Connections workshops; the Ohio 20 year Club; Safe Patient Handling; Person Centered Care; Soft Competencies; and the very popular NA Authors Group

Other collaborative projects include: The Annual National Forums on Nursing Assisting and The National Leadership Training Programs are held in conjunction with The National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform’s Annual Meeting in the fall in Washington DC (1994-2001).

The annual observance of Career Nursing Assistants’ Day and Nursing Assistants’ Week began in Ohio in 1977 as the Ten Year Club, and expanded nationwide by request in 1985. Since that time, this popular nursing assistant recognition program has grown to include thousands of facilities and organizations joining together each year to recognize and honor nursing assistants in long-term care services.

The title, Career Nursing Assistant © was developed by the Nursing Assistants’ Representatives’ Committee of NE Ohio in 1977. Today’s nursing assistant is proud to be designated as a Career Nursing Assistant, and the terminology is now in common usage to identify the experienced nursing assistant.





The Career Nurse Assistants’ Programs is the Recipient of the American Society on Aging and Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College National Best Practice Award for Human Resources in Aging 1998, and Recipient of the American College of Health Care Administrators Public Service Award 1997. The Program also is endorsed by The American Medical Director’s Association, National Association of Directors of Nursing, The National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, and others. CNAP is listed as one of “Twenty Who Made a Difference in Long Term Care,” Contemporary Long Term Care, June 1998.






Projects and Programs are listed each year in the following calendars and publications:

  • Chases Annual Events, Contemporary Books – since 1985
  • The Advocate, the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Journal – Events Calendar
  • American Health Care Association
  • Nursing Assistants’ Monthly, Frontline Publishing – Recognition Calendar
  • The American Hospital Association – Health Observances and Recognition Days Calendar
  • The American Society for Health Care Marketing and Public Relations
  • … and many others.





  • Genevieve Gipson NA RN MEd RNC – Director
  • Mary Harrison BA
  • Colleen C. Hughes NA RN PHD
  • Laura McElroy NA M.
  • Jeanne Flossie NA BA, LNHA





  • William Painter BA, ADC
  • Katherine Kasper MA, Ravenna Public Schools
  • Sam McCoy LSW, Director, ElderRights, Area Agency On Aging
  • Harvey Sterns PHD, Dir, Institute for Life Span Development and Gerontology, The University of Akron
  • Sarah Berger RN MPH, Co Director, National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
  • Martha Mohler RN MPH Policy Analyst, National Comm to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • Patsy Harris, former Director, Direct Care Alliance
  • Clarissa Allega, JD.
  • Remembering Mary Harper PHD FAAN, Former Dir LTC for NIMH, with gratitude for her many years of support and encouragement





The Imperatives are the “to do” list developed by nursing assistants for nursing assistants with input from NAs in surveys, focus groups, questionnaires, email, message boards and other means.

The Imperatives are a series of statements about what is possible and some ways we will do accomplish this goal. The Imperatives provide direction for our joint efforts. We count on you to implement these projects and programs in your area and to share this important info with other NAs.

  1. To continue to create a National Voice for Nursing Assistants Action:
    • Foster self-directed groups.
    • Foster NA participation on planning or policy committees for local, state and national policy groups and in inservice meetings or workshops.
    • Develop guidelines and dialogues for nursing assistant responder panels.
    • Create additional Position Statements on Safe Lifting and other topics relating to NAs.
    • Involve additional chapters and groups in planning for the National Nursing Assistants Week and other local and national projects.
    • Expand the Nursing Assistant as Authors Program.
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for contributing to journals and other publications
    • Publish or disseminate the findings of the Position Statement Project by Nursing Assistants.
  2. To promote career development programs and ethical foundations for nursing assistant care


  • Continue to develop the “National Code of Ethics for Nursing Assistants”
  • Develop Standards of Practice, a hierarchy of skills and competencies actually required of the nursing assistant in performance of daily tasks of care.
  • Seek avenues to redefine the role, responsibilities, training needs and unique position of the nursing assistant in the health care system
  • Provide Leadership Training and promote Chapter development on local, state and national levels
  • Develop guidelines for a Nursing Assistants Speakers Bureau.
  1. To facilitate networking and collaborative projects among nursing assistants related groups, organizations, educators, physicians, researchers, publishers, and others. Action:
    • Work with Coalitions of National Associations, organizations, etc., for Safe Lifting legislation and education.
    • Continue to develop the Task Lists for Individual Members, Chapters, Twenty Year Club, Savvy Authors Group, and other groups of the NNCNA.
    • Develop collaborative projects and liaison between the Network and other related organizations.
    • Disseminate information to help nursing assistants use NA related Internet connections.
    • Foster continued development of the Nursing Assistant Internet Committee and the Male NA Task Force on Staffing.
    • Increase visibility of the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants with other professional and funding organizations.
  2. To foster peer group development on local, state and national levels.


  • Promote peer support, group development for nursing assistants on facility, local, state and national levels.
  • Develop on-going programs for mentoring for Chapter development.
  • Maintain regular contact with chapters and the Nursing Assistant Leadership Council.
  • Develop strategies for funding for Task Force and Chapter Development.
  1. To develop additional resources for career growth and program development.


  • Collaborate with others to develop a clearinghouse for nursing assistant related resources.
  • Seek funding to develop and implement a Resource Center for Nursing Assistants that can be replicated in other parts of the country.

For more information contact:

Genevieve Gipson RN M.Ed. RNC
National Network of Career Nursing Assistants
Career Nurse Assistants Programs, Inc
(330) 825 9342              (330) 319 7737-fax – web site


Demetri at Ohio NA convention June 14, 2012 Akron OH

Demetri at Ohio NA convention June 14, 2012 Akron OH


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