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CAREGIVER BLOG - (CNA, STNA, PCA, HHA)
Posted: 1/12/2017 12:30:18 PM
Career Nursing Assistants
Hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and nursing homes all employ certified nursing assistants. CNAs are such an important part of any facility and are relied upon by all healthcare staff and patients.
There are more than 4.5 million caregivers across the nation who provide care each day in nursing homes and other long term care facilities. Nursing assistants are considered to be the eyes and ears in healthcare settings because they may provide between 80-90% of direct care to residents in long term care facilities.
Some become a CNA as a stepping stone as they move toward a goal of becoming a nurse. Others make a long term commitment and are known as “Career Nursing Assistants” or “Stayers”.
“Stayers Studies” (funded by the Administration on Aging, National Institute on Aging, 1997-98) was a study on those nursing assistants who remain in the profession. Here are some of the results of that study.
- 28% stay five or more years in positions as nursing assistants
- 12.6% stay 10-55 or more years
- Stayers maintain positive relationships with residents
- The majority of Stayers had a positive experience with an older person early in their life and this contributed to their decision to become a nursing assistant.
Making that choice to dedicate your work life to others as a Certified Nursing Assistant is commendable. By staying in that position as a Career Nursing Assistant, you will develop lasting relationships with your residents and be a role model for nursing assistants who are just beginning their journey.
Posted: 12/6/2016 1:35:43 PM
Nursing Assistants – Angels in Disguise
I have spent many hours in hospitals and nursing homes visiting loved ones. There has been a common theme during each visit – the nursing assistants are angels dressed in scrubs.
When the call button is pressed asking for assistance, more often than not, it’s the nursing assistant who appears. The tasks can range from fluffing a pillow to helping with more intimate duties such as toileting, but the positive attitude and caring spirit remains.
Nursing assistants see people at their most vulnerable moments and must show strength and compassion at all times. Patients rely on their caregivers to help with those things they cannot do for themselves, but more importantly, for comfort and support.
As a certified nursing assistant, you have been well trained on feeding a patient, providing assistance to the toilet, giving a bed bath, as well as many other skills. However, some things can’t be taught – they come from within. It takes a special person to become a nursing assistant. One with a desire to make a career of helping and caring for others.
You know that each day will bring a different experience. You will get to know the patients and their families and see them at their best and worst. Your positive attitude and caring spirit will help guide them through each day. The work you do is invaluable to every healthcare facility and every person you care for.
To all those angels in disguise, thank you for the generous gift you give through the profession you’ve chosen as a nursing assistant.
Posted: 10/10/2016 8:53:40 AM
Five Great Reasons to Become a CNA
There are so many healthcare professions to choose from, each with its own benefits. Certified Nursing Assistants are in a class of their own and it takes a special person to handle the duties that are required.
Here are five great reasons to consider becoming a CNA.
1. Short Training Classes
Most CNA training programs can be completed in as little as six weeks. You can expect to train for at least 75 hours before you are able to care for patients.
2. Varied Work Environments
CNAs are in such high demand that you can work in a hospital, nursing home, hospice setting, or perhaps a private home.
3. Experience Working With Other Healthcare Professionals
As a Certified Nursing Assistant, you will be working with Registered Nurses, so you can get a first hand look at their job duties. You may decide that you want to become a Nurse yourself, and with your CNA certification, you will be one step closer to that goal.
4. Job Security
With the growing aging population, you can be sure that there will always be a need for a qualified Nursing Assistant.
5. Personal Satisfaction
Taking care of the basic needs for someone who cannot care for themselves requires a special person who is compassionate, caring, and patient. As a CNA, you will bond with your patients by taking care of their personal needs, giving them reassurance as they heal, and providing companionship while they are away from their loved ones.
A CNA's role in the healthcare industry is an important one and anyone who makes the commitment to become a CNA will be proud of their chosen profession, knowing that they are truly making a difference in the lives of others.
Posted: 9/26/2016 11:13:52 PM
Five Common Health Issues for Older Adults
Many things happen to the body as it ages; wrinkles, loss of hair for some men, and poor vision, to name a few. These are considered a natural part of aging.
Unfortunately, some more serious medical issues can occur as a person ages, and as a caregiver, you will most likely be caring for a patient who has one or more of the conditions in this article.
By the year 2030, it is expected that the number of adults with arthritis will be an astounding 67 million. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which is the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone. The top layer of cartilage wears away causing the bones to rub together which then causes pain and swelling in the joints.
Since arthritis causes pain and discomfort, some people think that exercise will make their pain worse or do more damage, when in fact, lack of exercise can make the symptoms of arthritis worse.
Also, for those who have knee osteoarthritis, weight control can help reduce symptoms.
Almost 25% of people over 60 in the United States have diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot produce enough insulin which causes elevated glucose in the blood.
Common symptoms of diabetes include fatigue, frequent urination, increased thirst, and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.
Those victims of Type 1 diabetes will have to take insulin daily and those who have Type 2 diabetes will need to test their blood glucose and may need to take medication to control their blood glucose levels.
With either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, a healthy eating plan and exercise routine should be followed.
Depression is a common problem, but is not a normal part of growing older.
Stress from a difficult relationship or loss of a loved one can cause depression. Health issues and financial concerns are often a cause of depression, as well. Some medications can also cause symptoms of depression.
Some signs of depression include:
- Feeling extremely tired
- Feeling hopeless
- Loss of interest in activities
- Lack of sleep or sleeping too much
- Thoughts of suicide
When a person shows signs of depression, a physician should be consulted to rule out any health conditions or medications that may be causing depression.
An anti-depressant may be prescribed to help with depression symptoms, which will allow more positive thoughts and actions.
The risk of heart disease and cardiovascular problems increases as a person ages.
There are many lifestyle changes that can be considered to help seniors avoid heart disease live longer and live better.
- Eat a healthy diet
- Treat high blood pressure
- Control cholesterol
- Lose weight
- Stop smoking
As we age, our bone mass stops increasing.
Osteoporosis thins and weakens the bones, causing them to break easily. Over 54 million people in the United States have osteoporosis and it is most commonly found in older women.
Exercise, a good diet, and some treatment medications can help reduce the risk of fractures, which are more likely to occur for people with osteoporosis.
The great news is that all of these health issues have a common theme when it comes to reducing or controlling the symptoms – exercise!
You, as a caregiver, are in a position to speak to your patients and clients about the benefits of exercise.
You can also help with simple range of motion exercises to help them get over the fear that they may have of starting an exercise program.
Posted: 8/5/2016 9:46:46 PM
Fire and Home Safety for Home Care Workers
In home Safety and Fire Prevention should be forefront in protecting elders and those disabled who are living in a home care environment.
Check out this video that we created to save lives in a home care setting. Please share and like and pass on the URL in emails to get this to as many people as possible.
Even family members can benefit from this material as they are often the primary caregivers for those who are living at home.
Thanks for viewing and reading and learning.
The CNA Registry Team
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