Non-Professional Staff Development

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    I'm looking for some resources. I recently revised our CNA staff development curriculum to incorporate alot of the "basics" to proper dress, communication, etc. After alot of research it was determined our CNAs were coming to us without these basic life skills. Anyway, a module that was developed is called Who, Me? which will incorporate concepts r/t personal responsibility and accountabilty to oneself, staff and the patient. I'm at a loss on what/how to present this content. Does anyone have anything similar in place at your organizations? Or any ideas? Thanks much!
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    I'm looking for some resources. I recently revised our CNA staff development curriculum to incorporate alot of the "basics" to proper dress, communication, etc. After alot of research it was determined our CNAs were coming to us without these basic life skills. Anyway, a module that was developed is called Who, Me? which will incorporate concepts r/t personal responsibility and accountabilty to oneself, staff and the patient. I'm at a loss on what/how to present this content. Does anyone have anything similar in place at your organizations? Or any ideas? Thanks much!
    I have the best response when I use case scenarios. I've done a few preceptor programs for CNA and nurses. They always love the case scenarios. I just write them on index cards. I also have a book "Instant teaching tools for healthcare educators" that have games/puzzles and different ways to approach learning. The author is Michele L. Deck. Maybe you could get some ideas from that format. Good luck
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    A few of the units at my hospital recently needed to review a lot of basic information (e.g. how to do vital signs) with the nursing assistants and were afraid that the CNA's might be offended at having to review that material. So, they did it as part of a full day retreat that was presented and viewed as "something special" for that group -- similar to going to a conference for an RN.

    They did it outside the hospital, had special food, a few games, door prizes, etc. to make it all very festive. All the basic components of their role were reviewed and everyone was "checked off" on procedures etc. as needed. They did half of the the CNA's one day and half on a second day to facilitate the schedule.

    It wasn't cheap, but it was very successful -- a real team building experience. The content was reviewed ... check offs were done ... and with a few fun activities included, people had a good time and came away with a positive attitude. The CNA's felt that the hospital was investing in them by giving them this special day. Everyone involved considered it well worth the effort.

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