A couple of days ago, we discussed how important bathing was after CNA training for your patients and how it required compassion and empathy. We also talked briefly about the benefits of bathing after CNA training and touched base on observations that needed to be made. Today we are going to delve further into that subject and discuss what you should be looking for when you bathe your patients and what you should report to the charge nurse after CNA training. (Hint: Everything)
Making Observations After CNA Training
Bath time after CNA training provides you with a great opportunity to observe some of the physical changes in your clients. During this time, you can spot problems that might be occurring and report them to your charge nurse.
- While you’re helping them wash their hair after CNA training, check their scalp and hair for signs of lice. Unlike what you might think, lice can occur to anyone, young or old, rich or poor, dirty or clean. Keep an eye out for nits, or the eggs of the lice, which look like little bits of dandruff. They will stick to the hair strands and won’t wash off like dandruff will.
- As you’re washing the patient’s hair after CNA training, check their scalp for any signs of bleeding, lumps, missing areas of hair, crusting, scaling, or irritation. Report any observances to the charge nurse.
- Look over their entire body during the bathing process. After CNA training, it will be your responsibility to look for changes in their skin, including bed sores, rashes, moles, or even redness. Keep any eye out for swelling, bruises, bleeding, and broken skin as well.
- Pay attention to your nose after CNA training. Any strange body odors need to be noted and reported to the charge nurse. Sometimes unusual body odors can be a sign of an illness.
- Evaluate your patients’ fingers and feet thoroughly after CNA training. Yellow or white toe nails and finger nails can indicate the development of fungus. Cracked skin on the soles of the feet or between the toes can indicate infections like athlete’s foot. Black warts found on the soles of the feet should be reported to the charge nurse as well.
Bathing Tips After CNA Training
Reporting any kind of change to your charge nurse is important, as they will know better if these changes need to be addressed and how they should be taken care of. You should also let your nurse know if the patient you are caring for needs a bath more often or is being given a bath too often. They should also be made aware if the patient needs to be bathed different. For instance, if one of your patients is becoming stronger after recovering from a stroke, they may not need a sponge bath anymore. Instead, they may be able to take a regular shower.
As you’re helping your patients after CNA training, keep their feelings and suggestions in mind. Slowing down the pace may allow them to do more for themselves, and keeping a routine may make them feel better about having to have help when bathing. As always, be kind, patient, and understanding when helping them with their bathing routine after CNA training.