From the moment you embark on your CNA Training (Certified Nursing Assistant or Aide Training) you will be expected to fit within a nursing process and care hierarchy. This process and procedure exists to ensure patients and residents receive the best possible care and support whilst in your facility. But what does a nursing procedure entail and what is your role during your CNA training and, eventually in your role as a qualified nursing assistant?
CNA Training; Nursing Process
What are the key elements of the nursing process?
This process is broken down into layers that allow your supervising nurses and doctors to prioritize and correctly treat and care for patients. This information is important to know but may not be covered in CNA training. It is broken down as such:
- The Patient – The patient is at the top of the chart. The patient is the individual enduring the illness, injury or incapacitation that requires care.
- The Doctors – The Doctors be they specialists or general practitioners are the only people able to make a diagnosis. Their years of training allow them to correctly ascertain and determine appropriate care. Medical doctors (MDs) are the first point of call when creating a care plan and are responsible for beginning any new care.
- The Nurses – Be they RNs (Registered nurses), LPNs (Licensed Practicing Nurses) or LVNs (Licensed Vocation Nurses), Nurses are charged with determining the logistics of the MD’s decisions and assertions. They are unable to make alterations, additions or omissions to the care plan without first consulting the doctor.
What are the Steps involved in typical application of the nursing process?
The steps that you may encounter during your CNA training and employment:
- Admission – The process of the patient’s details and care concerns that are immediately apparent being recorded and their presence in the facility being documented.
- Assessment – This is the pre-diagnosis process that involves taking data, recording and analyzing it for use during the diagnosis process.
- Nursing Diagnosis – This is the step in which the doctor takes the data and information that they have in regards to the patient or resident’s condition and use their learned and applied knowledge to determine the most appropriate diagnosis
- Planning – The nurses and doctors collaborate to create a care plan for the patient.
- Intervention – The implementation of the care plan.
- Evaluation – The process of assessing the progress and effect of the care plan.
But what do these steps mean for CNAs, CNA training students and the greater nursing procedure? We will cover this in more detail in future articles but essentially Nursing assistants during their CNA training and employment are required to support the work of the supervising nursing who in turn are supporting the medical doctors who have made the firm diagnosis and care plan arrangements. The nursing process and procedure is vital in maintaining quality and consistency of care for all patient’s and residents. It also protects everyone from doctors to students on placement as part of their CNA training.