Skills

  • 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 you...

  • 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 t...

  • 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...

  • 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 ce...

  • Constipation – many people joke about this situation, but constipation can be a very serious medical problem. Being unable to ‘go’ is annoying for any...

  • 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 th...

  • 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 certificatio...

  • 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...

  • 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 de...

  • 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 l...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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 was...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. Th...

  • 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 (yo...

  • HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This act was put into effect in 1996 by Congress because Congress felt a standar...

  • 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 r...

  • 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 o...

  • While nursing assistants usually provide care for those that cannot help themselves as will be covered in CNA training classes, these patients still h...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 wit...

  • 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...

  • 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 de...

  • Bedsores, also referred to as pressure ulcers can pose a serious threat to patients, especially for those that are bedridden. Prevention of bedsores, ...

  • Nurse assistants find that most of the time they become close with their co-workers. People that work together in high stress environments like hospit...

  • 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 kne...

  • 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 nursin...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. Smi...