These are the things that I think EVERY cna should know (esp. in LTC)...
1) Diabetic coma vs Diabetic shock (signs & symptoms, etc.)
2) Signs & Symptoms of Stroke
3) Signs & Symptoms of Heart Attack
4) Importance of counting Respiratory Rate (don't just chart 18 or 20).
5) All about Decubs...how to prevent, how to recognize the beginning of, etc.
6) Nutrition...why should you take the extra time to ENCOURAGE that pt
to eat. In the elderly..taste starts to go, smell starts to go...eating
just is not that appealing anymore, but they still need nutrition to
maintain muscle and repair the body. Meals should be made pleasing to
the eye...should be unrushed...and should be seasoned!
I'm sure there are more and I'd certainly add to it "the importance of the cna to the facility." I'm not talking about a fake "pat on the back." I'm talking about a true, heartfelt "this is why you matter to us" kinda thing. CNA's are the FRONT line of healthcare. When I worked LTC, I was always telling nurses that I saw a "red spot" on the sacrum of a pt, or sometimes, I'd notice that a pt that usually was "with it" is now confused. I often "knew" the pt's better than the nurses because I spent a lot more time with them doing personal care, talking, etc. SO yes CNA's are very important and they need to know that they are, so they get that "oh, I am just a cna" thing out of their heads. They are not JUST cna's...they are many times the EYES and EARS of the nurse. Sometimes we are the nurses' HANDS as we give that bed bath OR we are the nurses' HEART as we sit there and let the resident with tear filled eyes share one of their many stories with us while we hold their hand or embrace them with a hug. Yes, we are SO much more than JUST a cna!
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