The Nursing process or nursing procedure is a term that may arise frequently during CNA training. The Nursing process and procedure is a system set in place to ensure that all patients receive equal quality and consistency of care. It serves as a buffer for both patients and the staff charged with their care. The staff that are generally involved in the nursing process include doctors, licensed nurses, registered nurses, nursing assistants and students on placement or work experience as part of CNA training.
During CNA Training
What are the stages of nursing procedure?
During your CNA training you may exposed to any of the following areas of the nursing process:
- Nursing diagnosis
Not all of these stages will involve CNAs and students in CNA training having personal involvement, for example the nursing diagnosis is the responsibility of the doctors and nurses charged with that patient’s care, however the observations of CNAs may play a part in the diagnosis. This article will cover the primary part of the nursing process; the stages of admission and assessment.
Stage One – Admission
What is Admission?
Admission is the process by which a patient or resident begins their care at a facility. This can involve nurses, administration staff and CNAs.
What is a CNAs involvement in the admission process?
Your CNA training does not equip you to perform any unapproved treatments but you are able to assist with the process of easing the resident or patient into the facility and making them as comfortable as possible without providing treatments. CNA training will give you the information that you will need in order to know where the boundary between support and treatment lies.
Stage Two – Assessment
What is Assessment?
Assessment involves the collection of patient data that can help ascertain what the actual state of the patient’s health and wellbeing. It is imperative that the collection of data is as accurate and objective as possible without assumptions or judgements. The nurses will need to:
- Get the patient’s medical history – It is hard to get objective information during this process as the patient’s perception of their medical history is almost always subjective.
- Conduct a physical examination –
- Conduct and review lab tests and data.
What is a CNAs involvement in the assessment process?
CNA training will allow you to assist the licensed or registered nurse to conduct the physical exam. The sections of the physical exam that you will be taught how to conduct include:
- Collecting data such as weight and height
- Taking vital signs
- Taking note of food and fluid intake and output
Nurses rely on accurate data from CNAs in order to accurately assess a patient’s condition.
The facilitation of this initial part of the process is crucial in setting the foundation for the continued effective and consistent treatment of a patient. The accurate gathering and recording of information as prescribed in your CNA training will allow the nurses and doctors to accurately diagnose the patient or resident in the future.