Aside from practical knowledge and hard written facts your CNA training will also address more ambiguous concerns relating to patient welfare and quality of care. Many of these are choices with no clear answer just general goals in care quality to strive for. These choices and concerns when there are not hard and fast rules are addressed in the subject of ethics.
After CNA Training; How To Be Ethical
What are ethics and ethical concerns in relation to nursing and nursing support after?
CNA training teaches ethical considerations in line with the nursing code of ethics. Nursing ethics have a lot in common with general medical ethics, the ethics that prescribe how doctors and other practitioners behave towards their patients and peers. The key difference between a doctor’s code of ethics and a nursing code of ethics is that Nursing ethics focus on caring for patients rather than curing them.
What are the main ethical concerns addressed in CNA training?
The key ethical concerns that you will need to consider in your CNA training include:
- Protecting vulnerable patients
- Informed consent from patients
- Patient Confidentiality
- Honesty and Transparency in care
- Patient Dignity
What is meant by patient dignity? Maintaining patient dignity is the process of ascertaining the rights and needs of a patient, and as a health care professional respecting and ensuring that these rights and needs are met to the highest possible standard.
Why is dignity of patients an important consideration?
It is all too easy for vulnerable patients who cannot speak out for themselves to become dehumanised in the eyes of others and their quality of life can be compromised. This can be a particular concern in mental health, disability care, paediatric care and aged care, or in any care situation were the patient may not be able to defend their own interests.
What can I do to preserve patient dignity?
- Ensure you are familiar with the nursing code of ethics
- Ensure you have a full understanding of your patient’s and resident’s individual needs and rights
- Respect your patients and resident’s as individuals taking
- Consider the following contentious ethical points on a case by case basis
- Different traditions and values based on ethnicity
- Different traditions and values based on religion
- Different traditions and values based on other cultural and subcultural considerations
- Patient’s ability to clearly and concisely communicate
- Patient’s ability to make clear and careful choices
- Patient’s ability to undertake basic self-care
- Patient’s previous experiences, including medical, family and emotional history
- If you are unsure of the correct and ethic path in a given situation ask for assistance
Who can I go to for assistance?
During your CNA training your tutor or teacher will be able to give you some guidance. After you complete CNA training your first port of call for all ethical dilemmas not easily resolved is your supervising nurse. In difficult circumstances you are then able to escalate your ethical concerns in accordance with your workplace’s supervision structure. There are also ethical bodies and nursing and nursing support unions that may be able to help in times of extreme need.
Preserving patient dignity is a key area of CNA training and an important ethical consideration when in the workplace. Considering this in your daily duties will allow you to make a real and positive impact in people’s lives.