March 25, 2021

HHS Long-Term Care Regulation is hosting the free virtual symposium “CNA Strong: Proud. Valued. Trusted.” for certified nursing assistants, nurses and administrators on April 8 from 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

The symposium provides a variety of presentations for CNAs, with a separate learning track for nurses and administrators. Session recordings will be made available for replay on demand, but CEUs will be awarded only to participants attending the live virtual event.

“This symposium is an opportunity and obligation to educate, elevate and partner with frontline caregivers in long-term care,” said Lisa Grant Davis, Long-Term Care Regulation joint training manager. “We’re looking forward to directly engaging those frontline certified nursing assistants who perform such important work. This symposium is appreciation in the form of support and education.”

CEO and co-founder of the National Association of Health Care Assistants Lori Porter will give the opening keynote speech, with motivational speaker Christopher Ridenhour delivering the closing keynote.

“Our keynote speakers are amazing. They’ll be discussing a wide variety of topics including self-care, managing behaviors, work-life balance, tips on shift assignments and more,” said Davis.

Symposium topics include:

  • Caring for residents with challenging behaviors.
  • Self-care in difficult circumstances.
  • Person-centered care.
  • Empowerment and leadership.
  • Preventing abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

The symposium is presented with the support of the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, the National Association of Health Care Assistants, LeadingAge and the Texas Health Care Association.

“Michelle Dionne-Vahalik, associate commissioner for Long-Term Care Regulation, has connected our unit with a number of organizations that have a vested interest in the work CNAs do,” Davis said. “We’re looking forward to this opportunity for CNAs to learn from experts in the field.”

We encourage providers to email photos of CNAs and a brief description of what makes them special to Joint Ed Services. Selected submissions will be featured at the symposium.

To register for the symposium, visit the Joint Training Opportunities webpage.