After CNA Training; Neglect and Invasion of Privacy

CNA TrainingLegal Concerns in CNA Training

CNA training and employment requires candidates to undertake the responsibility for the care and dignity of the patients and residents allocated to them in a shift. This requires an understanding of the needs and rights of those in your care, and not allowing the neglect or invasion of privacy of those residents or patients amongst other legal and ethical concerns.

What You’ll Learn About Neglect and Invasion of Privacy in CNA Training

Why do we need legal standards in CNA training and employment?

CNA training and employment utilizes legal standards to ensure staff accountability and quality and consistency of care. These legal standards create across the board standardised accountability and guidelines to assist all staff members and patients within a facility to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.

 What are the legal concerns associated with CNA training and employment?

The key legal concerns that will be covered in your CNA training are:

  • Negligence
  • Theft
  • Defamation
  • False imprisonment
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Abuse

And neglect and invasion of privacy which we cover in this article, please see our other articles on legal concerns in CNA training for information on these other issues.

What is neglect?

Neglect is the ingrained or persistent failure to provide care to patients, including failing to conduct necessary treatments and daily personal hygiene activities to avoid physical harm, mental illness or anguish. CNA training does not equip an employee to assess whether neglect has occurred but it does equip you with the necessary skills to ensure that you are not neglectful in your own personal duties and activities as a CNA and you are still required to report any signs of neglect that you encounter in your CNA training and employment. Neglect is not always intentional; but whether intentional or unintentional it is still a crime.

Some examples of neglect that you may encounter as a CNA may include:

  • Daily and routine hygiene and cleanliness duties not being completed or undertaken leaving the patient exposed to infection, regression or injury. These tasks include repositioning, mobilizing, bathing, toileting and rehabilitation exercises.
  • Patients not being allowed adequate time to eat at designated or additional mealtimes
  • Patients not being offered additional fluids, water or snacks when compatible with their care plan.
  • Patients being left alone without contact for extended periods of time

What is invasion of privacy?

Invasion of Privacy involves disregarding a patient’s right to personal and private information and discretion. This right to privacy is pivotal in preserving patient dignity, and an understanding and empathy is required, particularly when dealing with the privacy of mentally incapacitated and confused patients who may not be aware of their surrounds.

Some situations where a patient’s right to privacy has been compromised include:

  • Staff disclosing a patients medical information to unauthorized others
  • Staff failing to close the privacy curtain before a treatment
  • Staff riffling through a patients draws and personal belongings without permission
  • Staff failing to keep medical records in a secure location

Empathy is one of the most important qualities that you can possess in your CNA training and employment. Coupled with a steadfast knowledge of your responsibilities and thorough CNA training empathy for your patients can help you to prevent neglect and invasion of patient privacy.

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