Critical care is also known as intensive care. When a person is in need of care from life threatening illnesses and injuries is when a person may need critical care....

Upon entering the room, politely greet the room’s occupant. Set the tray down and head to the bathroom to wash your hands before handling any food (you do not have...

Upon entering the patient’s room, politely greet the occupant, introduce yourself and then explain what you are going to do. Go to the bathroom to wash your hands before continuing....

There are certain steps that you should follow when you have to take the temperature for your patient. Step1: Knock at the door and say “Hello Mr. Smith, my name is (say...

Nurse assistants find that most of the time they become close with their co-workers. People that work together in high stress environments like hospitals and nursing homes create strong bonds....

Contractures occur when muscles and tendons contract due to non-use and spastic activity of the muscle.  If you have ever witnessed a resident with their knees or arms bent in towards the body...

Constipation – many people joke about this situation, but constipation can be a very serious medical problem. Being unable to ‘go’ is annoying for anyone at any age. As we grow older not...

Certified nurse aides work in a variety of facilities from hospitals to nursing homes. These aides may or may not be required to have CPR certification depending on the state,...

Not every facility has an efficient housekeeping unit or floor aides that take care of making beds or organizing resident rooms. Sometimes it is the responsibility of nurse aides to make beds and...

Much like range of motion, ambulation is very important to the health and well being of residents.  If a resident is on an ambulation program, try your best to complete the ambulation requirement everyday.  We...

Titers are a measurement of how much antibody a human may have. There are other titers for other types of organisms; however, for CNAs we are just talking about the...

As a nurse aide you will come in contact with infectious disease. This is a part of the job, albeit a not so fun aspect. Infection control is one of the most...

As a nurse aide, how would you rate your level of professionalism? If that question caught you off guard, you may have forgotten or possibly never knew that a certified...

Nurse aides are the first line in healthcare. We are the men and women that stand in front of patients and residents each day, we are in the trenches, soldiers...

Throughout your CNA training program you will be taught ethics. Almost every class is going to mention the subject, either in passing or in detail. This is due to the...

It can come as a surprise in the spring and summer months that residents may complain of being cold. Older people may have an issue with circulation or may be taking blood...

Record keeping is a very important part of working as a certified nurse assistant. Our records are what allows nurses and doctors to keep tabs on the health of residents....

Personal protective gear is required for CNAs. This gear is designed to help you protect yourself from hazards at work, as well as protect the patient. There are several different...

We’ve talked about how to cope when a resident passes on, but another side of this discussion is something most nurse aides hope they never have to deal with – post mortem care. This...

Dementia, or Alzheimer’s Disease, can be a difficult condition for certified nursing assistants to work with on a daily basis. As the disease slowly limits cognitive abilities, patients may only...

Have you ever noticed that in almost every facility that there is a group of residents that are sitting in wheelchairs or other chairs near the nursing stations of hallways? ...

More nursing homes are offering rehabilitation services to people that need help recovering from injury or surgery.  These residents are not always elderly, in fact many are much younger than you would expect to ever see in...

On the job you will come across many different types of machinery or equipment that you will learn to use.  All of the equipment is meant to make your job easier, preserve...

Not everyone is difficult to work with, but for some certified nursing assistants, a few patients can be a real drag on their shift. Thankfully, there are a number of...

During your job as a nurse aide, you more than likely will receive some sort of injury. It’s no secret that working in the health care industry is hard work. Taking...

It is no secret that working as an aide is hard on your body.  It is very important to take care of yourself when you are working such a physically demanding...

Certified nurse assistants often fall in love with their uniforms. Some have one or two smocks or pants that they adore and will wear until they fall apart! These uniforms...

When you enroll in CNA classes in Tennessee, the required number of hours that you have to meet is 75 hours. This is usually the standard required hours for a typical...

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics have already confirmed a potential shortage of Certified Nursing Assistants in the coming years, and Arkansas is no exception. Health care workers are in...

Bedsores, also referred to as pressure ulcers can pose a serious threat to patients, especially for those that are bedridden. Prevention of bedsores, if at all possible, is critical as...

Due to the highly personal nature of work that takes place in any medical facility, confidentiality is always one of the highest priorities for the certified nursing assistant and in...

FHB – we’ve all heard or will eventually hear this term.  FHB stands for “Face, Hands, Butt,” which isn’t a polite term, but in this field we deal with behinds...

It takes someone special to thrive as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and this job comes with its fair share of hardships one of which is dealing with a dying...

While nursing assistants usually provide care for those that cannot help themselves as will be covered in CNA training classes, these patients still have rights that must be respected when...