Resident rights. You covered this topic during CNA training, but more than just a section of your training, understanding resident rights can keep you on the good side of the law and your career.
The thing with resident rights is, people mean well. You, as a CNA training graduate, probably have a good heart and a dedicated attitude. So, why are patient rights so vital to keep in the forefront of your mind? You wouldn’t knowingly do anything to harm a patient or overstep your boundaries, right? Wrong.
Countless CNA training graduates break the law unknowingly every single day. There is a slippery slope between what is acceptable and what is not. Here’s a refresher. As a CNA training graduate, did you know you’d be breaking the law and could lose your job or be prosecuted if:
CNA Training & Resident Rights
- You discuss a resident’s recent need for kidney dialysis with her neighbor who visits every week. Yes, it’s true. Unless there is signed consent, all medical information, even the most innocent, is protected by law.
- You tell your patient that she needs to take her daily medication after she has refused. Regardless of how you feel about the medication your patent is taking, he or she has the right to refuse medication at any time for any reason (or no reason)
- You decide to take a new approach to a resident’s seeming bout with depression. Walking into the room in the morning you announce there is no option. He is to get dressed and eat his food today. I know you think you’re doing what’s right, but a CNA training assistant must assist only, always asking questions and receiving permission.
- You isolate a patient for any reason. 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.