When giving report to a CNA, what do they need to know? I tend to give too much information. Can anyone provide me a list
Dec 1, '07
As a direct care staff who does pretty much everything a CNA does execpt for handing out medications....
I have to report BM's, any incidents even if their was only a potential for injury... I have to keep repositioning logs up to date, write active treatment notes, whether or not they ate something outside of their diet, whether or not they've been acting "differently" or have been looking ill.
As a direct care I really appreciate it when nurses give me as much information as possible within reason that helps me take better care of the individual. If they are NPO I want to know so I don't give in and give them something to drink in the middle of the night without knowing they were on NPO (this has happened before and I was the one that got in trouble for it from the nurse who neglected to tell me about the order, it wasn't a regular thing and it was just for a blood-test so they were able to schedule it for the next day but that really got under my skin... ironically that same nurse is no longer working at my facility because she wasn't giving medications to the clients...but i digress)
I like to know if there are any samples that I need to collect during the night (urine, ect.). I like to know if they are on any new medications that may cause symptoms that might alarm me into thinking something is wrong (don't have to go into detail as to what the medications are... just warn me if they are going to be psychosomatic because of it).
I like to know if there is anything in particular I should watch out for in behavior or symptom....
AND THE BIGGEST ONE:
PLEASE TELL YOUR CNA'S WHEN THE PT. HAS RECEIVED AN ENEMA!!!
Nothing makes for a worse night than an unexpected case of the runs from the pt... especially if your rushing them down the hallway in a shower chair hoping to God someone helps you clean up the mess.
Also, if I work during the day... it's helpful when the nurses tell me what the clients are and aren't allowed to do physically. I like to keep my guys active as much as possible.
Recently I've been working in an office as desk work and patrol, but when ever I do overtime I usually have to go back to the "front lines"... I hate sedentary work and though I can't say I really regret moving up to the central office, I do miss my old cottage something awful. (I work with the developmentally disabled).
Last edit by Alois Wolf on Dec 1, '07