CNA training will help you to navigate with ease the potential legal minefield that is the medical support industry. It will help you to recognize and address potential legal concerns and give you the required resources to know when to seek advice or alert authorities to illegal behavior.
Everything You Want to Know About Negligence, Theft and Defamation After CNA Training
What are legal standards?
CNA training and employment works within strict legal standards that are designed to protect patients and staff from unethical or dangerous behavior in the workplace.
You can find further information on legal standards in our previous CNA training article.
What is negligence?
Negligence is a failure to give adequate care for patients or residents resulting in the injury of the patient or resident in your care. Adequate care involves a degree of care that would be considered reasonable by others. Negligence is generally the result of taking short cuts or not taking appropriate care when undertaking duties. The oversights associated with negligence are often attributed to improper planning and careless actions. Some examples of negligence include:
- Not checking a patient’s dietary and fluid requirements before giving them a meal tray resulting in the patient having an allergic reaction to the food.
- Not ensuring that a patient is safely positioned before adjusting the height of the bed resulting in the patient falling and hurting themselves.
- Not ensuring that a mobilization aid is fitted properly resulting in the resident being bruised in the contact area.
- Not changing a patient’s wound dressing as advised exposing the patient to infection.
- Not turning a patient resulting in the patient experiencing bedsores.
CNA training will cover negligence and the need to be aware of patient need and requirements regardless of the demands on your care.
What is theft?
Theft is not just the typical cartoon villain-esque pocket picking or riffling through resident’s belongings for money and jewellery. Theft also applies to any misappropriation of anything that is not your own personal property regardless of its value. Your responsibilities in CNA training and employment include not only your obligation to not steal anything yourself but you must also report any theft that you witness lest you be an accomplice to the crime.
Some examples of theft include:
- Taking soaps home from the hospital supplies room
- Taking spare linen
- Eating a resident’s lollies
- Removing a book or newspaper from a resident’s room without their permission to read over your lunch break.
- Raiding a patient’s spare change collection
- Eating a colleague’s lunch
What is defamation?
Defamation is when statements are made verbally or in writing about another individual where their morality or character comes into question and is sufficiently damaged to warrant injuries. Verbal defamation is called slander and written defamation is called libel. CNA training also covers defamation and will use a series of examples to demonstrate defamation. Here are some such examples of how defamation may manifest in CNA training and employment:
- Spreading a rumor that a patient has a criminal history without proof or relevance
- Accusing a patient or colleague of theft and broadcasting your suspicion throughout the workplace
- Gossiping and talking about patient’s or colleague’s using other offensive and inaccurate information
These 3 legal concerns are just some of the many that you may encounter during your CNA training and employment. Be mindful of your obligations to your patients and colleagues and adhere to the principals you have been taught in your CNA training and you will be on your way to legal and ethical work habits.