After CNA Training; Recongnizing Abuse

cna trainingLegal Concerns Learned in CNA Training

Abuse is just one of the legal concerns you may face in your CNA training and employment, for information on other concerns and legal standards please see our other articles on the subject. Abuse takes many forms and is not always easy to spot, especially in nursing homes where patients may be confused or unable to communicate distress effectively. Abuse in all its forms poses a great risk to patients and staff, so it’s important to recognize the warning signs during your CNA training and employment.

Everything You Need to Know About Abuse After CNA Training

What is abuse?

Abuse is the act of intentionally harming a patient and takes many forms. It is unethical, illegal and is a serious offense that carries severe penalties. Not only are CNAs and students in CNA training under a strict obligation to do no harm to patients or residents but they are also charged with taking an active role to prevent harm.

What are the forms of abuse?

Abuse can manifest in many different ways:

  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Involuntary seclusion

Here is a brief overview of some of the ways that the different kinds of abuse may be apparent during CNA training and employment:

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is characterized as harmful bodily contact that could result in injury or death.

  • Rough and careless physical contact with the patient
  • Violence such as hitting, punching or kicking the patient
  • Deliberately performing the wrong treatment

Verbal Abuse

Verbal abuse is the spoken or implied derision or act of berating a patient.

  • Using offensive language such as expletives when dealing with a patient
  • Yelling at a patient
  • Using derogatory or derisive names when addressing or referring to the patient
  • Mocking the patient
  • Embarrassing or shaming the patient
  • Using offensive gestures
  • Threatening the patient
  • Making prejudicial or discriminatory statements

Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse is the use of any physical or verbal means to force patients to perform sexual acts.

  • Sexually demeaning behavior
  • Seductive behavior
  • Sexual harassment
  • Any explicit or sexual toned interactions with patients

 Emotional and Psychological Abuse

Emotional and Psychological Abuse is the often insidious and ongoing intimidation or belittling of a patient by less obvious, subtle means.

  • Intimidating the patient causing fear
  • Threatening patients
  • Threatening to withhold treatment from patients
  • Threatening to violate confidentiality
  • Mocking and berating the patient

 Involuntary Seclusion

Involuntary seclusion is the separation of a resident from the rest of the facility without authorization or permission. This is common in nursing homes with particularly difficult to deal with patients and residents. This often is the result of poor care plans and communication, paving the way for drastic action such as seclusion for the benefit of the greater group. This is a question of whether it is acceptable to compromise the rights of the individual for the good of the greater population of the medical facility. Such ethical concerns will be covered in detail during your CNA training. You should only remove a resident under instruction from a supervising nurse, don’t ever take it upon yourself to make the decision.

 Abuse by others

As a CNA or student in CNA training you have an obligation to report any perceived or witnessed abuse to a resident, whether by a member of the residents family or someone within the medical facility. This obligation to report such abuse is all part of your duty of care to your patients and residents.

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