Cna code blue protocol - page 2

Hey I've been a CNA for about 4 yrs. working in long term care. I work 3-11 and I was making my last round at about 10:15p, when I walked into a pts. room to provide care to him. I called his name... Read More

  1. by   nursel56
    QUOTE=CoffeemateCNA;4372017]From what I've seen at the places I've worked, nurses have to be CPR certified in order to be hired, but not to maintain employment. I've seen some people be pretty lazy about getting theirs renewed.
    Where I work they keep track of expiring licenses and CPR (BLS) for Healthcare Providers. They will hunt you down. It's because the personnel file is audited by the state regulatory agency to pick apart things like that.

    Seriously- writing you up? What horse manure- you are supposed to scream and run around the facility like a mad man, and finding the area deserted watch the man die?!?

    Pat yourself on the back-- and also, do you think the write-up maybe had a C their A component to it? What they really should do is go over the whole thing with a fine-tooth comb, identify system breakdowns and find some redundant ways to deal with it such as the red chain emergency call alarms or call 911 yourself. Where was everyone???

    If it were my g-pa you tried to save after an unwitnessed arrest, I sure as hell would have appreciated it Yes, following protocol is paramount, but you demonstrated in a pinch patient advocacy and the ability to think on your feet when under pressure. Rather have that than someone who freezes up!! .
    Last edit by nursel56 on Jun 25, '10
  2. by   heather10
    First off after reading some of the posts i cannot believe that any place of healthcare would not mandate all employers to be cpr certified. That is insane i know it is different working in the hospital and in an acute care setting like i do but still. I know even our secretaries are cpr certified. lol. All of our nurses are cpr and acls certified on the floor i work on. Like i said though i work in the hospital so i know its different from LTC.
  3. by   Shirt
    The hospital I work at requires every staff member to have their BLS: Janitors, CNA's, Nurses, Clerks, Kitchen Staff.. everyone!

    They require it because they expect you to use it. If I were you I'd sue the employer

    Ps Nurses are required to have ACLS
    Last edit by Shirt on Jun 28, '10
  4. by   NM_CNA
    At my LTC facility CNAs aren't required to have CPR certifications. They recently had a class for it and when I enquired about it, I was told that I could not attend because it was "for nurses only".
    I can somewhat see why the facilty would be upset because of liabilty issues. But when someone's life is in danger are you supposed to just sit there and watch them die???
    I find it odd that your facility doesn't have an intercom system. All we have to do here is get to the nearest phone and announce the code over the system and every nurse in the building is mandated to stop whatever they are doing and get their butts to the specified room.
  5. by   nursel56
    It probably is because of the liability issue, or the money issue (if the classes are free). I encourage everyone I know to take a basic CPR course anyway. Those are offered by the Red Cross at nominal fees. If you witness a child being dragged out of a pool, or choking etc, it's nice to know that you could do something other than helplessly wait for the paramedics.

    It's a totally individual choice as a lay-person to make, and people fear lawsuits if they provide first aid care, but it's something to think about, anyway. The classes nurses take are diffeent, (BCLS and ACLS) usually approved by the American Heart Association.
  6. by   adampricecna
    Quote from Jenny_07
    I commend you for what you did, I know i would have done the same thing. I think that it's so stupied that we as cna's are the ones who are always there with a resident, we know more about that resident then anyother staff that works at the ltc. hell you could go as far as we get attached to our residents because we spend so much time with them. But when the resident codes we have so sit on the sidelines while the nurse's are too busy gossiping about who knows what and will get to you when they decide to. ( I mean it's not like we sit in the hallways or in a residents room yelling NURSE at the top of our lungs for **** and giggles).

    At the LTC that i work at we are allowed to do just that ASSIST, the nursing team, which is alway run and get this this and this and while your out there getting said things can you stop and call for the ambulancetoo if you get a chance.

    You would think that it would be okay for a CNA to do CPR because 9 times out of 10 WE FIND THEM DEAD!!!!!!