Indirect Care and Your CNA Training Exam

November 18th, 2014

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During CNA training, you will have the opportunity to learn about indirect care. This kind of care describes how you communicate with your patients, how you value their rights, and how you ensure their security and safety.

Along with being an important part of your work life after CNA training, this type of care will also be tested on your CNA training exam.

Unfortunately, many students forget about indirect care when they are attempting to earn their certification, often because they are nervous during the CNA training test. The pressure they feel might make them forget this learned behavior while they are demonstrating other skills. This can result in a failed exam, and a need to retake the test again.

In order to ensure you are correctly approaching each skill you are tested on, make sure you know what CNA training indirect care skills you’ll need. Here is a general how-to for each one.

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5 Traits of Bad CNA Training Graduates

November 16th, 2014

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New CNA training graduates often don’t appreciate or understand how difficult it actually is to be a CNA. For the seasoned CNAs who have been placed in charge of orientating you to the new facility you’ve joined, this can make training you on the job very difficult. These CNAs may have the knowledge and experience to help you, and may be eager to share what they know, but if you’re not listening or if you’re having problems learning, things can get bad fast.

After CNA training, pay close attention to your attitude and to the way you act. You may be a bad CNA training graduate and not even know it.

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CNA Training Skills- Bathing Tips Part 2

November 14th, 2014

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A couple of days ago, we discussed how important bathing was after CNA training for your patients and how it required compassion and empathy. We also talked briefly about the benefits of bathing after CNA training and touched base on observations that needed to be made. Today we are going to delve further into that subject and discuss what you should be looking for when you bathe your patients and what you should report to the charge nurse after CNA training. (Hint: Everything)

 

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CNA Training Skills- Bathing Tips Part 1

November 12th, 2014

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Assisting patients with their baths is going to be part of your job after CNA training. While you may not immediately understand how important this task is, it’s essential for your clients. It’s not only a chance to ensure your patients are bathed properly, but it is also a time when you can closely evaluate your patients to look for changes in their physical appearance and abilities.

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Are you too OLD for CNA Training?

November 10th, 2014

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Avoiding CNA training because you think you might be too old for it may be your go-to excuse, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good one. While most jobs in the health care world require applicants to be healthy of both mind and body so they can complete their duties well, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re cut off from CNA training once you reach a certain age.

In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret: there is no age cut-off.

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Benefits of Using a Support Group After CNA Training

November 8th, 2014

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It became quickly apparent to me after CNA training that the work I was facing was nothing short of challenging. Sure, it was great being able to help the patients I was working with, but life wasn’t exactly perfect. I was introduced quickly (my first day) to post mortem care, I faced aggravating co-workers, and patients who believed they were the only ones I had to take care of. Because of this, I knew I couldn’t go it alone. That’s why I quickly found a support group after CNA training.

A support group may not be your cup of tea, but you’ll need one after CNA training. Like many other jobs, there will be days when you just don’t know if you can go on, and the support system will help you manage the stress and frustration you’re feeling. While your friends and family will most likely be as supportive as they can, they won’t truly know what you go through on a daily basis unless they are CNAs too. A support group made up of CNAs can.

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Oral Hygiene and CNA Training Skills

November 6th, 2014

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During CNA training, you’ll learn a great deal about oral hygiene and how to perform skills related to this subject for your patients. As I’ve seen in the facilities I’ve worked in, however, not every CNA understands the importance of this task. Too many times, dentures are left untouched at the end of the day and mouth care is ignored because CNAs are too rushed to get things done. This isn’t the way it should be.

Oral hygiene is important. It’s directly related to cardiac disease, acute MI, blood sugar control, comfort, dietary consumption, ability to communicate, systemic infections, and the overall well-being of your patients after CNA training. No matter how old your patients get, taking care of their mouth and teeth is essential. When their mouths are healthy, they can more easily eat the food that their body needs to function. They’ll look better when they’re talking, smiling, and laughing as well, boosting their self confidence.

As a CNA, it’s up to you to make sure that every resident you care for receive proper oral care after CNA training. Here’s how.

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Be Prepared for a Fire After CNA Training

November 4th, 2014

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After CNA training, there were a few emergency drills we had to perform in the workplace to ensure we were ready and capable of helping our patients if a problem occurred. Because of the location, we performed tornado drills, where we would quickly and carefully bring our patients out into safer areas of the nursing home, away from doors and windows that could hurt them. Another frequent drill was for fires.

Between 2006 and 2010, there were an average of 5,000 fires in health care facilities, resulting in about half a dozen deaths and one hundred and seventy-one injuries to patients. Half of these fires occurred in nursing homes, and cooking equipment was the cause of about 61% of them.

CNA training and drills afterward can help to eliminate some of these injuries and keep your patients safe.

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What’s the big Deal About CNA Training?

November 2nd, 2014

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Throughout my years as a CNA, I’ve heard all the responses that come after “So, what do you do for a living?” When I say that I’m a CNA, or certified nursing assistant, the look on peoples’ faces completely transforms. Sometimes they give me a pitying look and ask when I plan on becoming a nurse. A few brave souls have even asked me what it was like to wipe you-know-whats all day. I have to sigh at both of these responses and determine if it’s worth it to really go into this discussion again.

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Studying for the CNA Training Exam

October 30th, 2014

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It feels like just yesterday I was finishing my CNA training clinicals and preparing for the exam that was to follow. While CNAs have up to 24 months to take their exam in most states after completing the course, my test was included as part of the tuition and the college I studied at was a testing center. This meant that I was able to immediately take the exam after finishing the CNA training class.

This had its good points and its bad ones. The good part was that the information was fresh in mind. I had just had an opportunity to use what I had been learning in a hands-on setting, making the skills part of the test a bit easier.

The bad part about it was there wasn’t very much time for me to study and get ready for the test. That doesn’t mean I didn’t, though. In fact, the little amount of time I had simply forced me to study harder.

Are you worried you won’t pass your CNA training exam? Here are a few tips that I found to be useful when I was studying for mine.

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