You think you have the calling to serve the humanity? Do you have a tendency to be compassionate and always ready to help other people? Do you always have a listening ear for the woes and hopes of the sick? If your mind tells you that indeed all of this speaks all about you, then you are fit to be a certified nurse assistant.
A Certified Nurse Assistant or CNA is a person employed by the hospital in answer to the nursing shortage problem. They are tasked to assist the nurses and the Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN in bathing, feeding, grooming their patient and to help them ambulate. They help lessen the task done by the nurses and act as their bridge in giving holistic care to their patent. But to be a Certified Nursing Assistant, one has to undergo a series of test and exams just to earn this certificate. There are requisites for CNA registration that a person needs to take for him to have his own certificate.
Not just everyone can be a CNA or in a spur of the moment, they can call themselves that. You ought to have the following:
- One has to have a high school diploma before undergoing or taking a CNA course or program. If you are a high school graduate and have no money to go to college or to take a 4 year course, you could then take an online course or a school that offers CNA certification. But you have to make sure that this online course is being provided by an accredited school. Otherwise, you don’t want to have all your efforts gone to waste.
- Undergo Training. An online CNA program would usually last for 12 weeks and composed of 50 hours of theory educations and 100 hours of training where you can apply everything that you have learned. The knowledge aspect will teach you all the basic knowledge that you need to learn all about nutrition, anatomy and physiology, infection control, medical terminologies and of course, client rights. In terms of applying your knowledge, you are required then to undergo a clinically supervised training where you are exposed to the activities being done in a clinical setting. You need to pass this all before you are allowed to take a competency exam or the National Nurse Aid Assessment Program or NNAAP.
- Take a competency exam or National Nurse Aid Assessment Program or NNAAP. This should be state regulated and it is composed of a written examination as well as a skill evaluation exam where you need to successfully perform 5 selected skills that any Nursing Aide should know. If you’ll be able to do this and be able to pass, then you are now a Certified Nursing Assistant.
These are all the requisites for you to gain a certificate. It means that all people who want to be a Nursing Aide need to pass and experience this all. So do your best to pass and be the most compassionate and understanding Nursing Aides that you dream to become.
We are prone to committing mistakes as human beings. As what they say, no one is perfect and no one will ever be. This is a fact we all have to accept and deal with. But when it comes to medical professions, making one simple mistake can be fatal. Dealing with the lives of clients make your role as a health care provider very important. As such, you need to exert more effort and caution when rendering care to your clients. All nursing assistants do not want to commit an error, but reports show that health care errors made by CNAs are still increasing. Several factors have been attributed to errors made in the health facilities. Thus, the government and relevant organizations have set up standards and policies to be followed in hope that errors will be lessened. But these governing bodies can only do that much. In the actual health facility, committing a mistake can mostly be judged on the one who made the error personally. It must be due to the fact that as a health provider who passed the certification, you are accountable for your actions, including your wrongdoings.
Being a certified nursing assistant makes you vulnerable in making a mistake. The key role here is knowing your responsibilities to your clients, co-workers and institution and practicing within the scope and limitations of your profession. If you are able to do this, then there’s no way you can endanger the lives of your clients. But having the necessary knowledge and skills are not enough. Human factors also influence your work habits that may pave way to not doing the right thing. So make sure to get enough rest, sleep and nutrition before working as to not comprise your client’s care. You should also learn to deal with stress positively, so that you can work at your best. Also, manage your time effectively and efficiently. As a CNA, you have physical and written workloads. Most of the time, you also need to listen to your clients’ concerns and find ways to comfort them. Eventually, all these demands can take a toll on your working habits. So make sure that you are prepared physically, emotionally and intellectually when reporting for duty.
Basic guidelines for preventing errors include:
- Be competent and stay competent. Update your knowledge and practice with your skills. If you are unsure of what you’re supposed to do, ask your supervisor or someone in position who knows the answer. The keywords here and certainty and valid confidence in what you do.
- Communicate constantly. Talk to your superiors when you have work-related concerns. Interact with your co-workers because you’re a a team and you might learn a thing or two when dealing with clients. Report changes with your client as soon as you observed them to proper personnel. Make time and listen to your client’s complaints and problems.
- Be attentive and alert. Identify your client accurately before performing any procedure on them. Pay attention always to what you are doing. Do not let your mind wander elsewhere when you are on duty. Remember that the client is your priority.