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Let's Rename Nursing Assistants What They Are: Professional Caregivers

  • Sheryl Zimmerman
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    Address correspondence to Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 725 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Campus Box 7590, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599–7590, USA.
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    Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

    Schools of Social Work and Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
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  • Philip D. Sloane
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    Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

    Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
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  • Mohammad Imran Rashik
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    University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA
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      Terminology evolves with the times, and rightly so. In the not-too-distant past, terms weren't needed to “take a selfie, write a blog, purchase a wearable, eat an edible, insert an emoji, be a foodie, have a staycation, develop a podcast, avoid spam” or “Google it.” Terms also evolve to recognize the worth and importance of a given job and to avoid discrimination. Garbage men have become sanitation workers, housewives are homemakers, stewards and stewardesses are flight attendants.
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