How to Handle Time off Work After CNA Training

September 28th, 2014

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As you know by now, I worked in a nursing home for quite a while after I finished CNA training. After I grew tired of working there, however, I turned to home health, mainly because I loved the fact that I was able to work such flexible hours and work with the same patients week after week. For quite a while, I had only two patients to care for after CNA training, and that was enough for both my time and my paycheck. One of the patients I saw only twice a week for an hour at a time. The other patient, however, I saw five times a week for three hours at a time after CNA training.

The second patient I worked with was an elderly man who couldn’t speak or move by himself. He received help from myself and my CNA partner in the morning, as that is what his insurance would pay for, and then at night his wife had recruited members from her church who would come and help him. In the morning, it was our job to give him a sponge bath, check him for any signs of pressure sores or injuries, dress him, and transfer him to a bedside commode. We would then transfer him into his wheelchair and help him get set up comfortably in the living room, where he would spend the day with his wife.

I cared for this man for months after CNA training, and I began to rely on the steady work when it came to my hours and my pay. Then, the unforeseen happened. The man passed away one night, leaving us devastated and without that steady work any more. I expected the agency to find me another patient right away, but that proved to be a problem. No new patients were available quite yet, and until they were, I would simply be making my twice weekly trip to see my only patient.

If you’ve ever found yourself without work or laid off after CNA training, you know the panic that can set in when this happens. After all, you have bills to pay, people to take care of, and a life you have to live. That’s hard to do on two hours of work a week, even when I was being paid well for that work.

The panic didn’t last long though. It couldn’t. I had to find work after CNA training, and that’s what I was going to do. Here’s how you can do it as well.

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After CNA Training: Dealing With Gossipers

September 26th, 2014

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No matter where you decide to find a job after CNA training, you’re bound to run into a gossiper or two. Gossipers all have the same goal, no matter what their gender or age: they all want to feel more powerful by using rumors and ‘information’ against those they target. What can be the most frustrating thing to deal with after CNA training when it comes to gossip is how it is spread.

Some gossip is elusive. It may be mentioned casually or dropped as a hint. Other times a gossiper will come right out and say whatever it is they have to share with you. No matter what the choice in delivery though, gossip always does the same thing; it hurts the individual’s credibility and creates additional stress. This is the last thing you want after CNA training, right?

Many gossipers that you’ll run into after CNA training are people who are desperate for attention. They’ll act like they are seeking out your confidence, but they’ll share more about your co-workers than you actually want to know. The worst part is, the information may or may not even be real or true. If you decide to add your own thoughts to their story after CNA training, you simply give them more ammunition to share with the next person.

So, how do you address the problem of gossipers after CNA training without adding fuel to the fire?

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After CNA Training: Are you the Bully?

September 24th, 2014

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In the past, we’ve discussed what to do if you encounter a bully in the workplace after CNA training. They’re everywhere, and they can make it difficult for you to do your job easily after CNA training. But what if the bullies in the workplace aren’t around you? What if they aren’t your co-workers or your nurse manager? What if the bully is you?

It happens. Sometimes CNAs can even be both the perpetrator and the victim at the same time. It may simply depend on the situation, the co-worker, the shift you’ve been assigned to, or the manager overlooking your work. It can easily occur, especially when you’re feeling stressed after CNA training.

In order to relate to others the way you should after CNA training, you have to take an honest look at yourself and your behavior and determine if you are a bully or not. It won’t be easy, but there are some signs you should watch out for.

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CNA Training Skills: Tips for Putting on Stockings

September 22nd, 2014

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When you begin working as a CNA after CNA training, it may be asked of you to take care of patients who have just completed surgery or who are non ambulatory. Many of these patients will need to wear anti embolism stockings. These stockings help to ensure that the venous and lymphatic systems are able to work properly. They also help to prevent blood from pooling in the legs and clots from developing. It’s easy to see these socks are very important, and because you’ll be in charge of helping your patients put them on and take them off after CNA training, your know-how is important as well.

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CNA Training Skills: Bedpans

September 20th, 2014

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When you’re working with patients after CNA training who are incapable of walking or standing, they will often need to use a bedpan to relieve themselves. If they can’t use it on their own, it will be up to you to help them; doing this correctly can help them avoid messy situations that can cause embarrassment and frustration.

While you will learn how to properly help a patient use a bedpan during CNA training, here is a little refresher in case you need a reminder of how to help them correctly.

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Top Reasons to go Through CNA Training

September 18th, 2014

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If you’ve even considered entering the world of a CNA, you most likely know what will happen once you finish CNA training. These courses will allow you to provide basic medical and non-medical assistance to patients who cannot otherwise care for themselves. You’ll perform duties like assisting with a patient’s personal hygiene and taking their temperatures when necessary. While this job can be a bit demanding, it has some benefits as well. So, why should you go through CNA training?

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Should you be Shamed into Hand-washing After CNA Training?

September 16th, 2014

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We all learn how important hand-washing is when we’re studying in our CNA training classes. We learn that hand-washing is the number one tool we can use to fight against diseases and illnesses in the workplace. It not only protects us from contracting illnesses after CNA training, but it also helps to prevent the spread of disease and sickness from patient to patient.

Washing your hands is pretty easy, although it does take a bit of time after CNA training- about two rounds of ‘Happy Birthday.’ The problem is, sometimes you might not have an extra minute to wash your hands or wash them correctly. Sometimes your day may be so swamped that you feel as if you have to rush right though the normal and necessary parts of your day.

This isn’t good. No matter how insane and chaotic your shift is, when you work with patients after CNA training, hand-washing isn’t optional. Unfortunately, many CNAs try to get away with no washing their hands, or they simple forget to do so in the chaos of their routine.

Because of this, many hospitals are now attempting to do something about it. No, they aren’t having another in-service where they lecture you for an hour about the importance of hand-washing. Instead, they are utilizing technology to actually shame you into washing your hands when you need to wash them.

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How to act Around Guide Dogs After CNA Training

September 14th, 2014

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A couple of days ago, we talked about the best tips for taking care of a blind or visually impaired individual after CNA training. Today, we’re going to take things a step farther and talk about how to address or act around a guide dog.

It’s important to note that guide dogs are not just used by blind individuals; they can be trained to help individuals with a variety of disabilities. They help their handlers travel, live more independently at home, and inform others when something is wrong with their handler; for instance, some guide dogs are trained to bark or act a certain way when their handler is about to have a seizure or has low blood sugar.

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Tips for Helping Blind Patients After CNA Training

September 12th, 2014

cna trainingWhen you complete CNA training courses, you’ll have the opportunity to work with many different patients, some of which will be visually impaired or even blind. Caring for these individuals who have special needs will be slightly different than caring for other patients, and it will be up to you to make sure they have as comfortable and easy a stay in the hospital or nursing home you work in as possible. Here are a few tips on how to do this after CNA training.

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Caring for Children After CNA Training

September 10th, 2014

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Are you privileged enough to work with children after CNA training? Whether you’ve obtained a job at a doctor’s office or you work in the pediatric ward at a hospital, it’s important to remember that kids are kids. They aren’t small adults. That means they require a different approach than adult patients, especially when it comes to communication.

If most of your CNA training was focused on the geriatric side of patient care, however, you may be a little overwhelmed when you first begin helping your health care team take care of patients. There are a few tips you can use here, though, that can help.

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