A certified nursing assistant or CNA are fast becoming in demand professions nowadays. With the inevitable retirement age approaching a large number of the population, the need to take care of both the well and the sick elderly also increases. Also, with the baby boomers expecting to hit the nursing homes and adult care centers soon, more and more qualified personnel are necessary to accommodate this growing need. Thus, CNA as a career path seems promising and holds a bright future. As a profession in the medical field, there’s always a steady supply, if not overflowing, of job opportunities waiting to be filled up. To filter those who have a desire to become a certified nursing assistant, you need to enroll yourself in a CNA training course and get the necessary knowledge, skills and credentials. After which, you need to pass the CNA state exam to get your certification and practice your profession. It may sound easy, but there are still a lot of things you need to know in order to be a good certified nursing assistant, as the short duration lectures and clinical experience may not suffice for you to fully get hold of your duties and responsibilities. With many CNA aspirants joining in the bandwagon, you may consider upgrading your knowledge and skills to compete with them fully armed. One of the things you need to learn is about the care you are expected to give your clients. So what is there to know about CNA – client-oriented care?
With the evolution of technology and needs of man, the client-oriented care system surfaced. It brings all services and care providers to the client. It is designed to focus on the needs of the client, rather than the needs of the members of the hospital staff. All client services are decentralized to the client’s area, including radiology and pharmacy services. Staffing is also based on the client’s needs. In the client-centered care, there is an effort for the right person to do the right thing. With this care, the client will perceive improved care and service and the institution will achieve cost savings.
As a member of the health care team, your priority is always the client. Hospitals and other health facilities would not exist if not for the clients who both want need medical services. Putting the client’s health and well-being first is the primary responsibility and duty of a nurse, nursing assistants included. As such, focusing on your client’s need will yield to satisfactory results to the client’s health as well as to the financial health of the agency. Thus, as the front line in rendering care to the clients, make sure to give them the best quality nursing care there is and keep your client’s satisfied with the services, and most likely, you’ll be able to keep your profession, along with the salary that comes with it.
As a Certified Nursing Assistant, it is your duty to assist not only the patients but the nurses as well. You cannot do anything unless you are under the supervision of a nurse or a licensed practical nurse. This is due to the fact that a Nursing Aide has a lesser training than a nurse or the LPN. They are considered to be a first-entry level in the Nursing Profession and that they are only qualified to do basic tasks. However, this does not mean that they are not considered to be responsible on the tasks that were assigned to them. No matter how they need to be supervised, they still need to be accountable on everything that they do. After all, on this job, they are dealing with lives and so, it is only important that everyone on the healthcare team should be responsible in everything that they do. A nursing aide might think that they are only responsible on giving patients their medications on time and just that it. This specific task, however, calls for a much cautious and safe approach.
How do you then ensure medication safety?
As a Certified Nursing Assistant, you could not just give medications anytime we want. You only get to do this once the nurse had assigned you to do it and you cannot give just any medications because there is only a limited kind of medications that are part of your scope. In giving medications, you have to remember the five rights on giving medications.
These five rights are:
You need to double check the doctor’s order as well as the prescription sheet to see if it is the right medication. You also need to check the name of the medications twice and if possible, let the nurse check it with you.
Do not be contented to just check the Id Band of the patient to check his identity. Also ask the patient himself for his complete name or if he is not able to, ask his family. In this way, you are sure that you are giving the right medication to the right patient.
Study first the exact way of giving that certain drug to the patient. If you are not sure, ask your nurse to show you.
Always make sure that you are giving the right dosage by using the right measuring instrument. Do not just assume that it is the right dosage. If you are not, then again, have your nurse check it with you.
Always make sure that you give the medication to your patient on time. Do not delay it or give it way ahead of time.
Also make sure that you document it right after you give them. This is a way for the other member of the health team to know if that certain medication has already been given or not. Also, never fail to check if your patient develops adverse reaction and be able to counteract it on time. It was never a waste of time in doing all of this, if this means assuring the safety of your patient.
Sometimes, an 8 hour or 12 hour shift could never be enough to finish all your tasks for the day. Sometimes, you could not even spare even a minute to have your bathroom breaks and you even skip your meals just to finish everything. At the end of the day, you went home feeling tired and exhausted. If this continue to happen, this could affect your productivity thus you could never really complete your tasks at any given time. However, this problem only asks for some perseverance, discipline and hard work for you to overcome it. There are also some ways that could help you organize and finish all your tasks.
These are the 5 suggestions for CNAs to finish Tasks on Time:
You could start your day by planning way ahead of time on how you would spend your shift. You could list all your tasks for the day and spare enough time for each of your tasks such as bathing your patient on the first hour of your shift. Make sure to schedule everything in a way that you could spare enough time for your own needs as well.
Prioritize which a task is important and must be done immediately. It is never helpful to keep on jumping from one task to another without finishing anything because you never knew which needs your attention first. It is also not helpful if you choose to do first the least important tasks from the most important like changing the bed linen first instead of giving the patient his due medications.
If you are the senior nursing aide on your shift, it would definitely benefit everyone if you knew how to delegate the tasks well among yourselves. Try delegating tasks that the person is very good at, in this way; you could all save a lot of time.
Effective communication is also important in finishing all your tasks. This could save you from the trouble of doing things that was already done by others as well as avoiding mistakes which if this happen, could also mean another waste of time. Example of an effective communication is by communicating to each other that certain medication has been already given. This spares your co employers and yourself as well from extra unnecessary time in knowing if it is already given or not.
This means you took more than the allotted time in finishing a certain tasks just because you think it is boring or you did not want to do it at all. This is one thing that you should avoid. Also, there are instances where your patients would want to have small talk with you thus preventing you from finishing your task. For this matter, you could try planning or sparing some time for a nice chat with your patient or you could schedule this during their meal time thus doing two tasks at the same time while keeping your patients happy. Sometimes, it is indeed hard to finish all your tasks on time but with careful planning and time management, you could do just that and could be more productive than you could imagine.