Continued CNA Training or Another Boring Inservice?

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It’s Friday afternoon, and you’re sitting in front of a television set in the middle of your nursing home’s cafeteria watching a video on how to bathe residents who are confined to their bed. Yes, it’s that’s time of month again- time for another inservice. These hour long sessions are necessary, as they count toward your continued CNA training hours, which you need in order to renew your CNA training certification.

The only problem is, you’re not learning anything.

Every month that you sit through these inservices, you struggle to keep your eyes open and pay attention. You’ve come to the conclusion that this is almost impossible, though, because these training sessions are so incredibly boring.

It’s not your fault, and really, it isn’t entirely the fault of your medical facility or nursing home.

Has Your CNA Training Become Boring?

Medical facilities have been struggling with providing proper inservices for years, and most of the time the issues at fault have to do with budget cuts and time factors. While you may be expecting to continue learning as much as possible after CNA training, some facilities are so pressed for time that they simply hurry through the required “hours” their CNAs need to meet state continued CNA training requirements.

Unfortunately, this means that CNAs suffer. Let’s face it, we perform 90 percent of the hands-on care delivered to patients, but we are often the last ones to receive new information on health care procedures and practices. This means that we can’t actually give patients the care they deserve.

So, what can you do about it?

  • Approach your management team and let them know you don’t feel supported in your efforts to become a better CNA. Let them know how much continue CNA training means to you- and your career.
  • Remind management that while their time may be short and their budgets low, failing to provide top notch CNA training means diminished care for patients. This can then lead to increase employee turnover and less funding. It’s a vicious cycle that can be stopped with the right kind of CNA training.
  • Suggest that some of the talented people who work within the facility share their experiences and tips as part of the training. Nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, and even visiting pastors can offer a wide range of knowledge on subjects like nutrition, skin care protocols, religions, encouraging residents to socialize, feed techniques, and range of motion exercises. This could be an inexpensive way for your facility to help you learn more.

Think You Don’t Need Continued CNA Training?

As much as many of us love the idea of more CNA training, so that we can improve the way we work with patients and provide care, there are some that are perfectly happy to sit back and watch those boring inservice videos that don’t really teach you anything. These individuals believe they don’t need additional CNA training, but they are wrong.

You may have recently finished your CNA training, but you have to remember that things are constantly changing. Don’t become a dinosaur, unwilling to change. Deliver the best care possible for your residents by investing in continued CNA training.

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