Archive for the 'CNA Skills' Category

CNA Training Skills: Taking a Blood Pressure

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

CNA Training During CNA training, one of the first skills you will learn is how to take a blood pressure, and for good reason. The care that is provided within any medical facility depends heavily on a patient’s vital signs like blood pressure readings because this type of objective measurement reveals a lot of information [...]

CNA Training Skills: Making an Occupied Bed

Friday, December 14th, 2012

CNA Training During your CNA training, you will learn that sometimes it isn’t practical or possible to move a patient when you need to change the linen’s on his bed. However, if the sheets are soiled, it is important to remove the linens and replace them as quickly as possible to prevent infection and to [...]

Delivering Shift Reports After CNA Training

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

CNA Training Providing information at the end of your shift after CNA training is a skill that every CNA should have. Unfortunately, this skill isn’t taught during CNA training; it is one you have to learn on your own or by observing more experienced nursing assistants.   Why is this skill so necessary? The CNAs [...]

CNA Training Skills: Assisting Patients With Confusion or Memory Loss

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

CNA Training Assisting patients with confusion and memory loss after CNA training is one of the most important skills you need to learn before beginning to work in a long term care facility. You will often work with patients here that have had strokes, are suffering from diseases, have had head traumas, or who are [...]

CNA Training Skills: Performing the Heimlich Maneuver

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

CNA Training After CNA training, you imagine you would know exactly what to do if an emergency occurs in the hospital or nursing home. After all, that’s why you took CNA training right? To protect your patients and provide them with the best care possible?       Are you really sure you are prepared, [...]

After CNA Training: The Importance of Skin Care

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

CNA Training When you are caring for patients after CNA training, you will be asked to use a number of different skills you learned in your CNA training classes. You will be asked to assist your patients with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating, you will need to chart your patient’s [...]

CNA Training Skills: Giving Your Patient a Backrub

Friday, August 31st, 2012

CNA Training What could be more relaxing after a nice hot shower than a backrub? Backrubs promote relaxation, stimulate circulation, and relive tension in the muscles, all of which are important for your patients after CNA training. When you complete your CNA training, this skill will be a duty you perform almost every day for [...]

CNA Training Skills: Shaving a Patient

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

CNA Training One of the scariest skills you may learn during CNA training is how to shave a patient. This skill is scary for many CNAs because they worry about cutting the patient or hurting them in some way. If you pay attention to the instructions your CNA training instructor gives you, however, this skill [...]

CNA Training Skills: Changing an Ostomy

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

CNA Training When I first completed my CNA training, I did not have the knowledge or skills to change an ostomy bag. This area of CNA training was not covered in my course. As a result, I received this training from the nurses in my nursing home, and with a bit of paperwork filled out, [...]

Observation CNA Training Skills

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

CNA Training While you are taking your CNA training class, you will be taught how to perform many different skills. Some of these skills we have addressed in previous posts, like washing your hands, taking vital signs, and changing occupied beds. Another important skills, however, that you must learn how to perform is observing.   [...]