CNA Training and Resident Rights Refresher

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Patient rights, you learned about this in CNA training, but by the time you are a CNA graduate and have a few months under your belt, you may have forgotten a few things. Unfortunately, failure to remember your CNA training and what you learned about resident rights doesn’t exempt you. Take a look at the following and see if you need to brush up on your skills.

CNA Training & Resident Rights

As you learned during CNA training, your patients have the following rights at all times:

  • The right to be fully informed, both verbally and in writing, of the policies and procedures that protect the patient’s rights.
  • All the rights of any United States citizen, including the right to vote (this of course, is if your residents are able).
  • The right to be fully informed about their own current health condition and prognosis. Of course, as you learned during CNA training, you should never disclose information to other parties, because of the health privacy laws.
  • The right for a resident to choose their own physician as well as the right to refuse medication, medical treatment or medical care. Regardless of how you, as a CNA wish to care for your residents and do what’s best for them, as a CNA training graduate, you learned that you can not force your patients to get dressed, receive help with grooming, take medications, shower, or even eat. We must assist only, always asking questions and receiving permission.
  • The right to be completely free from punishment or involuntary isolation. Every nursing assistant whose completed their CNA training is well aware of this, yet it continues to be a big problem in the medical field. CNA’s often take it upon themselves to remove residents who won’t eat from the dining room and place them in their room, where they are alone. This is considered abuse under the involuntary seclusion rule. Never take it upon yourself to do this.
  • Of course, every CNA training graduate has also learned that residents have the right to be free from verbal, physical, and mental abuse. Sometimes aides don’t feel they are abusing patients, but verbal abuse also involves the use of short, sharp words. Any type of ill-attitude that can cause a patient to feel bad or negative in any way is considered abuse.
  • The right to be free from any type of restraints, either chemical or physical, unless ordered by a physician for the personal safety of the patient. Remember, as you’ve learned from your CNA training, keeping a resident in a chair pushed up to a table is a possible restraint, as is placing a resident in a recliner that they are not able to freely get up from .

Basically, we hope this refresher will help you to remember what you’ve learned from CNA training. Hopefully the reason you decided on this career was to help others and positively affect lives. Keeping the resident rights you learned in your CNA training at the forefront of your mind will keep you from making mistakes that could cost you your career.

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One Response to “CNA Training and Resident Rights Refresher”

  1. sharon Says:

    Is this bill/law you’re referring to the one in California? Or is it nationally enforced now?

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