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NAHCA is a Professional Association of and for Certified Nursing Assistants

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The

CNA Association

There are many benefits to being a member of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA). As the CNA Association, we stand together to demonstrate our professional pride and advocate for policies and practices that advance certified nursing assistants in their careers as well as their personal lives. NAHCA members represent nursing homes, assisted living, home care, hospice, and even hospital care. We have a large number of CNA members nationwide and internationally.

The

CNA Association

There are many benefits to being a member of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA). As the CNA Association, we stand together to demonstrate our professional pride and advocate for policies and practices that advance certified nursing assistants in their careers as well as their personal lives. NAHCA members represent nursing homes, assisted living, home care, hospice, and even hospital care. We have a large number of CNA members nationwide.

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Join Today

and Stand up for what

you deserve

and Stand up for what

you deserve

Your Benefits

as a NAHCA CNA Member

Access to NAHCA CNA Members Online Group

Become part of a private online group of other CNAs. Rally with your peers and let your voice be heard by those who understand most what it is you do.

NAHCA ProShop 10% Discounts on Swag

Get access to exclusive CNA swag that includes apparel, tumblers, notebooks, pens and more with member only savings!

CNA Fest Ticket Members $100 Discount

The yearly event for CNA to recognize and celebrate our peers and learn how as a CNA you can make lasting impact in your profession.

NAHCA News

E-newsletter

Be in the know of what's happening in the fields we serve as CNAs. Keep a pulse on what may effect you as a CNA and how you can effect positive change!

Special CNA COMMUNITY Recognition

Be proud knowing you are part of a collective group of CNAs who's invested in the profession they work in!

Members Only Exclusive Webinars and Events

Have your all access pass to these online events that connect us as a profession and address the topics we want to talk about as a CNA.

The CareForce Virtual Campus (cvC)

Continue to grow your knowledge, skills, and professional abilities as a CNA on your own time with access to these virtual trainings.

Access to NAHCA CNA Members Online Group

Become part of a private online group of other CNAs. Rally with your peers and let your voice be heard by those who understand most what it is you do.

NAHCA ProShop 10% Discounts on Swag

Get access to exclusive CNA swag that includes apparel, tumblers, notebooks, pens and more with member only savings!

CNA Fest Ticket Members $100 Discount

The yearly event for CNA to recognize and celebrate our peers and learn how as a CNA you can make lasting impact in your profession.

NAHCA News

E-newsletter

Be in the know of what's happening in the fields we serve as CNAs. Keep a pulse on what may effect you as a CNA and how you can effect positive change!

Special CNA Recognition

Be proud knowing you are part of a collective group of CNAs who's invested in the profession they work in!

Members Only Exclusive Webinars and Events

Have your all access pass to these online events that connect us as a profession and address the topics we want to talk about as a CNA.

The CareForce Virtual Campus (CVC)

Continue to grow your knowledge, skills, and professional abilities as a CNA on your own time with access to these virtual trainings.

Sherry Perry

Feb 13, 2024

What’s Love Got to Do With It

As caregivers we seem to be a bottomless pit of love. We are constantly sprinkling love out to those we care for everyday, their families, our...

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Sheena Bumpas

Jan 10, 2024

You Did A

Good Job

Everyone loves recognition and praise for a job well done. We CNAs know this doesn’t always happen in our line of work. Why wait...

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Sheena Bumpas

Dec 16, 2023

The Power Of A CNA’s Touch

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Heroes of the Pandemic Deserve Our Support

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide an estimated 90 percent of the hands-on care in nursing homes. Even before the pandemic, most CNAs struggled financially due to low pay and few benefits. Your donations to the CNA Resource Center are vital to supporting our healthcare heroes!

CNAs for

Quality Care

Heroes of the Pandemic Deserve Our Support

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide an estimated 90 percent of the hands-on care in nursing homes. Even before the pandemic, most CNAs struggled financially due to low pay and few benefits. Your donations to the CNA Resource Center are vital to supporting our healthcare heroes!

Mission

and History

The Mission of NAHCA

The National Association of Health Care Assistants mission is to elevate the professional standing and performance of a CNA and other caregivers through recognition, advocacy, education and empowerment while building a strong alliance with health care providers to maximize success and quality patient care.

With these beliefs in mind, the Co-Founders set out to establish the CNA association.

Their intent is to:

1. Enhance quality of life and care for frail, elderly and disabled people.

2. Enhance the professional standing of Certified Nursing Assistants and other similarly credentialed caregivers through; recognition, education, advocacy and motivation.

3. Form strong relationship with the other professionals within the long term care system.

The Mission of NAHCA

The National Association of Health Care Assistants mission is to elevate the professional standing and performance of a CNA and other caregivers through recognition, advocacy, education and empowerment while building a strong alliance with health care providers to maximize success and quality patient care.

With these beliefs in mind, the Co-Founders set out to establish the CNA association.

Their intent is to:

1. Enhance quality of life and care for frail, elderly and disabled people.

2. Enhance the professional standing of Certified Nursing Assistants and other similarly credentialed caregivers through; recognition, education, advocacy and motivation.

3. Form strong relationship with the other professionals within the long term care system.

History of NAHCA

The National Association of Health Care Assistants was formally established in 1995 by former Certified Nursing Assistants Lori Porter and Lisa Sweet. Lori’s career started as a dietary aide. Then she became a Certified Nursing Assistant and ultimately she became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She shares that one of her greatest motivations for becoming an administrator was so she could better affect the lives of CNAs and other caregivers with the same scope of care. Lisa’s journey started when she shared with her grandmother that she wanted to become a nurse. Her grandmother gave her important advice, “To be a great nurse you need to be a CNA first.” Lisa’s experiences as a CNA had a profound impact. Based upon their experiences, they embraced the idea that nursing assistants are the backbone, heart and soul of long term care. “Our life’s work is built around enhancing the professional standing of Certified Nursing Assistants, (CNAs) and other caregivers who may have different titles and still work closely with our nations’ frail, elderly and disabled citizens. Our Association strives to create recognition, education, advocacy and motivation for the nearly 1.4 million people who care for the Greatest Generation. We invite you to continue your professional journey with us at NAHCA.”

NAHCA took root in southern Missouri. Meetings, conferences and banquets were held in a church basement during the early years. Over time, through hard work, dedication and perseverance, the association grew. Today, the association has a membership of more than 26,000 caregivers, representing over 500 nursing homes in 49 states and the District of Columbia. It provides recognition for outstanding achievements, development training for caregivers, mentoring programs to reduce CNA turnover, and advocacy for issues important to long term care and caregivers. The organization has entered the legislative arena, providing testimony on staffing in long term care before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

History of NAHCA

The National Association of Health Care Assistants was formally established in 1995 by former Certified Nursing Assistants Lori Porter and Lisa Sweet. Lori’s career started as a dietary aide. Then she became a Certified Nursing Assistant and ultimately she became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She shares that one of her greatest motivations for becoming an administrator was so she could better affect the lives of CNAs and other caregivers with the same scope of care. Lisa’s journey started when she shared with her grandmother that she wanted to become a nurse. Her grandmother gave her important advice, “To be a great nurse you need to be a CNA first.” Lisa’s experiences as a CNA had a profound impact. Based upon their experiences, they embraced the idea that nursing assistants are the backbone, heart and soul of long term care. “Our life’s work is built around enhancing the professional standing of Certified Nursing Assistants, (CNAs) and other caregivers who may have different titles and still work closely with our nations’ frail, elderly and disabled citizens. Our Association strives to create recognition, education, advocacy and motivation for the nearly 1.4 million people who care for the Greatest Generation. We invite you to continue your professional journey with us at NAHCA.”

NAHCA took root in southern Missouri. Meetings, conferences and banquets were held in a church basement during the early years. Over time, through hard work, dedication and perseverance, the association grew. Today, the association has a membership of more than 26,000 caregivers, representing over 500 nursing homes in 49 states and the District of Columbia. It provides recognition for outstanding achievements, development training for caregivers, mentoring programs to reduce CNA turnover, and advocacy for issues important to long term care and caregivers. The organization has entered the legislative arena, providing testimony on staffing in long term care before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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Membership

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Our Team

LORI PORTER

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

LISA SWEET

RN CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF NURSING EDUCATOR

DANE HENNING

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

JEFF WELLMAN

DIRECTOR, CAREFORCE DEVELOPMENT

LISA HOUCK

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & RELATIONS

Andy Griffith

TECHNOLOGY

AUTOMATION

Board

of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of active NAHCA members who serve as the governing body, steering the mission and vision of the Association. These members take the oath of service and make a solemn commitment to ethical practice and leadership. They take an active role in conference planning, educational development and overall experience based counsel to the Association. They are responsible for policy review and recommendations as it pertains to state and federal regulations, public policy and national initiatives such as the annual fundraiser and other special projects..

The Board of Directors is comprised of active NAHCA members who serve as the governing body, steering the mission and vision of the Association. These members take the oath of service and make a solemn commitment to ethical practice and leadership. They take an active role in conference planning, educational development and overall experience based counsel to the Association. They are responsible for policy review and recommendations as it pertains to state and federal regulations, public policy and national initiatives such as the annual fundraiser and other special projects..

Sherry Perry – Chair

Appointed to the Board in 2015

CNA since 1987, worked at previous facility Quality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing for 27 years Currently employed at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital since January 2022

NLT Facilitator, Certified Preceptor

NAHCA CNA Member of the year 2016, Facility of the Year in 2015, 2023 Stella Parrish Lifetime Achievement Award

“Being a member of NAHCA has inspired me to be the best CNA I can be. It’s helped me to realize that my voice can make a difference not only for other CNAs but most importantly the elders we care for.”

Sherry Perry – Chair

Appointed to the Board in 2015

CNA since 1987, worked at previous facility Quality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing for 27 years Currently employed at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital since January 2022

NLT Facilitator, Certified Preceptor

NAHCA CNA Member of the year 2016, Facility of the Year in 2015, 2023 Stella Parrish Lifetime Achievement Award

“Being a member of NAHCA has inspired me to be the best CNA I can be. It’s helped me to realize that my voice can make a difference not only for other CNAs but most importantly the elders we care for.”

Sheena Bumpas – Vice Chair

Appointed to the Board in 2015

CNA since 2003, currently works at Wilkins Health and Rehab in Oklahoma. President of her NAHCA Leadership Team

Won the Excellence in Leadership award at the last two NAHCA Key to Quality Awards

“I was born with a calling for the healthcare profession, especially caring for our elders. NAHCA and being part of the Board of Directors has encouraged me, educated me, and helped me share my passion with others.”

Sheena Bumpas – Vice Chair

Appointed to the Board in 2015

CNA since 1987, works at her current facility Quality Health and Rehab in Tennessee for 22 years.

NLT Facilitator, Certified Preceptor

NAHCA CNA Member of the year 2016, Facility of the Year in 2015

“I was born with a calling for the healthcare profession, especially caring for our elders. NAHCA and being part of the Board of Directors has encouraged me, educated me, and helped me share my passion with others.”

Karren Ganschinietz – Treasurer

Appointed to the Board in 2015

CNA since 1985, Certified Preceptor, currently working private duty / Home Health

2010 Quality Caregiver Award

2014 NAHCA Essay Winner

2023 - Generous spirit award

“It’s an honor and privilege to be on the NAHCA Board of Directors. I take great pride in the profession I have chosen as my career and am very excited for the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual and a leader.”

Karren Ganschinietz – Treasurer

Appointed to the Board in 2015

CNA since 1985, Certified Preceptor, currently working private duty / Home Health

2010 Quality Caregiver Award

2014 NAHCA Essay Winner

2023 - Generous spirit award

“It’s an honor and privilege to be on the NAHCA Board of Directors. I take great pride in the profession I have chosen as my career and am very excited for the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual and a leader.”

Sponsorship

Sponsorship Prospectus 2023

The Value of Sponsoring NAHCA

The Value of Sponsoring NAHCA

Becoming a sponsor offers a broad range of benefits that include making connections with CNAs and gaining substantial exposure of your brand and value. Following are some of the opportunities available as part of your sponsorship:

Becoming a sponsor offers a broad range of benefits that include making connections with CNAs and gaining substantial exposure of your brand and value. Following are some of the opportunities available as part of your sponsorship:

CNA Events

NAHCA engages CNAs through a multitude of events, such as summits, webinars, and workshops. These events are aimed at providing CNAs with resources to more effectively care for their residents and themselves, reignite their passion for their profession, and gain insight into the LTC industry. These events drew over 2,500 registrants and achieved incredible engagement from members as well as thought leaders throughout the field of long-term and post-acute care. Events like these are excellent opportunities to gain exposure for your company’s brand.

CNA and B2B Webinars

Our highly popular webinars have excellent engagement due to their relevant topics and presenters. Those aimed at CNAs are for educational and networking purposes. B2B webinars are aimed at medical industry leadership, administrators, executive directors, HR and other leaders. Workforce issues are among the most pressing in our field (and most especially since the onset of the pandemic), and CNAs’ perspectives and insights are valuable resources for leaders within the field.

NAHCA Social Media

NAHCA’s social media channels are extremely popular among its members and supporters. With more than 18,500 followers on the NAHCA Facebook page, it is an excellent location for sharing information, highlighting news and updates, and posting important events.

Become a Sponsor Today

Become a Sponsor Today

Sponsor Levels and Accompanying Benefits

Platinum

Platinum Benefits

• Opportunity to submit one white paper that will be distributed to registrants of one of NAHCA’s B2B webinars.

• Opportunity to present on three (3) B2B or CNA-facing webinars, to include a logo and appreciation slide.

• Placement of company logo and hyperlink on NAHCA’s website.

• Recognition of company in the monthly NAHCA e-newsletter and in social media messaging.

• Opportunity to be an official sponsor of the NAHCA Resource Center.

• Access to thousands of CNAs through a focus group event or distribution of a survey to obtain feedback on your company’s products or services.

Gold

Platinum Benefits

• Opportunity to present on two (2) B2B or CNA-facing webinars, to include a logo and appreciation slide.

• Placement of company logo and hyperlink on NAHCA’s website.

• Recognition of company in the monthly NAHCA e-newsletter and in social media messaging.

•Access to thousands of CNAs through a focus group event or distribution of a survey to obtain feedback on your company’s products or services.

Silver

Platinum Benefits

• Opportunity to present on one (1) B2B or CNA-facing webinar, to include a logo and appreciation slide.

• Placement of company logo and hyperlink on NAHCA’s website.

• Recognition of company in the monthly NAHCA e-newsletter and in social media messaging.

Bronze

Platinum Benefits

• Recognition of the company in the monthly NAHCA e- newsletter and in social media messaging.

• Noted on the NAHCA website with logo placement.

Platinum

Platinum Benefits

• Opportunity to submit one white paper that will be distributed to registrants of one of NAHCA’s B2B webinars.

• Opportunity to present on three (3) B2B or CNA-facing webinars, to include a logo and appreciation slide.

• Placement of company logo and hyperlink on NAHCA’s website.

• Recognition of company in the monthly NAHCA e-newsletter and in social media messaging.

• Opportunity to be an official sponsor of the NAHCA Resource Center.

• Access to thousands of CNAs through a focus group event or distribution of a survey to obtain feedback on your company’s products or services.

Gold

Platinum Benefits

• Opportunity to present on two (2) B2B or CNA-facing webinars, to include a logo and appreciation slide.

• Placement of company logo and hyperlink on NAHCA’s website.

• Recognition of company in the monthly NAHCA e-newsletter and in social media messaging.

•Access to thousands of CNAs through a focus group event or distribution of a survey to obtain feedback on your company’s products or services.

Silver

Platinum Benefits

• Opportunity to present on one (1) B2B or CNA-facing webinar, to include a logo and appreciation slide.

• Placement of company logo and hyperlink on NAHCA’s website.

• Recognition of company in the monthly NAHCA e-newsletter and in social media messaging.

Bronze

Platinum Benefits

• Recognition of the company in the monthly NAHCA e- newsletter and in social media messaging.

• Noted on the NAHCA website with logo placement.

Friends of NAHCA

Friends of NAHCA Benefit

Contact us on ways to be featured as a “Friend of NAHCA.”

Support Health Care Heroes

As CNAs continue to hold the frontline of the pandemic, they have emerged as the healthcare heroes amid a tragedy of disasatrous proportions, CNA and their advocates appreciate yourt much needed support of the incredible work they do each and every day to keep elders safem engaged and protected.

Support Health Care Heroes

As CNAs continue to hold the frontline of the pandemic, they have emerged as the healthcare heroes amid a tragedy of disasatrous proportions, CNA and their advocates appreciate yourt much needed support of the incredible work they do each and every day to keep elders safem engaged and protected.

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