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CNA Training Tips and hints

Our poor economy has caused chaos in the employment field. Many jobs have disappeared never to again be seen, others have been outsourced, leaving people wondering where the job security is. Many of the jobs have gone to workers overseas, but need for trained medical technicians in all fields are still needed. Employment statistics say that the people in medical employment will still be in demand in the future. The suggestion is that anyone wanting to learn a new skill that will almost guarantee employment should look to the medical field.

You may consider becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant and work in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, long term care facility or anywhere else you may be needed and be a vital part of the patient’s healthcare program. The Certified Nursing Assistant works directly under the supervision of a registered nurse and is a part of the patient’s medical team. The eyes and ears of the CNA must always be alert to the patient and the patient’s behavior pattern and you must know what to do in an emergency.

There are times when the CNA will be required to work in a patient’s home but is still under the supervision of a registered nurse. Some of the CNA duties consist of: taking vital signs, helping the patient do the necessary things, such as eat, wash, dress, etc. that the patients cannot do themselves, although the CNA is not required to do any heavy cleaning of the patient’s environment, they do need to keep the patient’s area clean, and more.

If you want to be a CNA you have to be trained and certified. One of the first things you must know about is fundamental hygiene and that is as follows:

·Brushing and flossing a patient’s teeth;
·Helping the patient shower, shampoo and comb or brush their hair;
·Assisting male patient’s in shaving;
·See the patient to the bathroom or giving them a bed pan;
·Empty urinary bags;
· Provide care to patients with catheters and must be trained to be able to insert a catheter; and they
·Collect urine and stool samples and provide enemas.

This is only a small list of what is needed in learning Fundamental Hygiene: The second part of the CNA’s training consists of:

·Taking the patient’s vital signs and recording them;
·They learn to dress and undress a patient; and
·They learn to properly move a patient from bed to chair. This training includes the use of mechanical lifts.

Trained, Certified Nursing Assistants are a valuable part of the medical profession.


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