Elder Abuse and What to do After CNA Training

December 20th, 2014

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As the elderly become older and more physically frail, you’ll learn that they aren’t as able to defend themselves against attacks and bullying. For some, this makes them perfect targets. After CNA training, it will be up to your to stand up for those you care for, those who are mentally or physically weaker and subject to abuse by unscrupulous individuals.

What kind of elder abuse should you be on the lookout for after CNA training?

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Online CNA Training Study Tips

December 18th, 2014

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Becoming a CNA isn’t as hard as it used to be. Sure, the curriculum and the test are still difficult and you need to study for them, but your options are much more extensive. For instance, these days you can easily take CNA training online to earn your certification and no one will bat an eye. While studying online CNA training does have its perks, though, it isn’t exactly effortless. In fact, quite the opposite.

While physical attendance isn’t a problem with online CNA training, studying is still something that is mandatory. If you’re having trouble mastering your online course, here are a few tips that might help.

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Real Reasons it Makes Sense to Take CNA Training Online

December 16th, 2014

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We all know that CNA training isn’t for everyone. It’s a difficult field, and many don’t have the patience or the stamina to keep up or do the job correctly. You have to have empathy and a heart that is eager to help others. At the same time, you have to be able to keep a relatively safe distance from the patients you care for, who might not be there in the morning when you return to work.

If you’ve decided that you’re ready to take up the challenge of becoming a CNA, the first step you take has to be finding the right CNA training course. This isn’t always easy. Some courses may be short, but schedules at times when you aren’t available. Others may be scheduled at the right times, but cost too much or require you to go to another town in order to work.

So, what’s the solution? When you’re ready for CNA training, one of the easiest and most convenient ways to earn your certification is online. There are plenty of legitimate online CNA training classes available. You just have to find the right one for you. There’s always downsides to any decision, of course, but choosing the online option can be beneficial for a number of reasons, including:

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Communicating With Aggressive Patients After CNA Training

December 14th, 2014

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It’s something we all face after CNA training: the dreaded aggressive patient. They’re yelling out into the hall, throwing their jello at the nurse, and no matter what you do, you can’t seem to connect with them or satisfy their needs. These patients are not only irritating to deal with, but they often monopolize all of your time after CNA training. Fighting them is a losing battle, and their rude, demanding, and loud objections to your assistance set everyone on edge.

So what do you do? How can you talk to individuals like this? If you have an aggressive patient after CNA training, talking to them can be hard, but not impossible. You just have to remember a few things.

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Help After CNA Training- if you Stutter

December 12th, 2014

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It can be hard being a CNA after CNA training. Patients sometimes think of as “less intelligent nurses”, who are often referred to as “less intelligent doctors.” It can feel like every move you make is on display for patients to judge, criticize, and even laugh at. For a CNA who stutters, these feelings are multiplied.

The truth is, though, they shouldn’t. Those who have taken CNA training and struggle with stuttering are actually most often more sympathetic and empathetic with patients. They are much more likely to advocate for the patients they care for with passion because they know what it’s like to be misunderstood and no listened to.

Of course, this doesn’t change things. If you feel like you’re on display after CNA training, and your stuttering is making you look bad in front of your patients and colleagues, here is a bit of helpful advice.

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CNA Training and Beyond- Taking Care of Your Scrubs

December 10th, 2014

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Whether you’ve just started CNA training or have already graduated, there is one thing you have in common with every one of your fellow students and CNAs: you all have or will wear scrubs. These uniforms are now an important part of your life, and looking after them can be quite a challenge. If you aren’t sure of that last statement, consider for a moment all of the bodily fluids you come into contact with on a daily basis.

So how do you keep them spotless, sanitary, and clean? Here are a few tips for before and after CNA training.

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After CNA Training: Advice for Expectant Moms

December 8th, 2014

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Working in the field after CNA training can have its challenges, especially when you find out that you’re expecting a baby. This hasn’t happened to me as of yet, but I have been an outside observer to the changes that take place when this occurs after CNA training. I’ve found that for many new moms who have gone through CNA training, this changes can be a little tough.

Consider for instance, one of the girls I worked with, Rachel. She found out that she was pregnant early on in her pregnancy, and told our DON immediately. Things quickly changed for her. She was no longer allowed to help lift patients out of bed, enter certain rooms where patients had contagious illnesses, or wipe down the doorknobs and railings at the end of each shift with cleaning products. That didn’t mean that her work life ended, though. She became what we liked to call a ‘float.’ Her new responsibilities included:

  • Taking and recording vital signs for each of our patients
  • Passing out fresh water and ice
  • Restocking supply closets and supply carts
  • Recording input and output for patients
  • Passing meal trays to patients who couldn’t get out of bed and come to the dining hall
  • Answering call lights and helping patients with certain tasks that did not involve lifting
  • Making beds in the morning

If you find out you’re expecting after CNA training, don’t automatically assume that your career is over. If you still want to work as a CNA, there are things you can do. You just have to be willing to make a few changes while you’re pregnant.

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5 Time Management Skills to Have After CNA Training

December 6th, 2014

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When you finish CNA training, using appropriate time management skills will help you work smarter, instead of harder. After all, CNA training is hard enough, right? No one wants to see a CNA running aimlessly around the hall. Every patient you care for wants you to look professional and have the time necessary to take care of their every need.

It can be hard sometimes, though, with paperwork, patients who always seem to be on their call button, and nurses who need your help at every turn. So what time management skills should you be using after CNA training? Here are just a few.

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After CNA Training: What to Expect as a Substance Abuse CNA

December 4th, 2014

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After CNA training, there are many areas of medicine you’ll be able to work in, including long-term care, hospice, urgent care, and even preventative care. What many CNAs don’t realize is their ability to work in addiction recovery and car. Addiction has been and continues to be a problem in the United States, for addicts, for families, and for the nation. It’s estimated that the U.S. Spends about $600 a year on addiction to alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs, which plague about 24.6 million Americans ages twelve and over.

Many addicts choose to attend inpatient or outpatient treatment centers, and, after CNA training, you can play a vital role in helping these individuals on their path to a healthy and sober life. If you’re going to be a substance abuse CNA after CNA training, though, there are a few things you need to expect going into this career.

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5 Signs Working in the ICU Isn’t for you After CNA Training

December 2nd, 2014

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For many who have completed CNA training, working in the ICU can be one of the most rewarding careers. In some ways, it’s much less stressful than regular floor nursing, mainly because the patient to nurse and patient to CNA ratio is so much smaller. This doesn’t mean that working in the ICU is for everyone after CNA training, though.

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