Practical Recommendations on Helping De-escalate A Client’s Angry Behavior

Although anger is normal, it is often perceived as a negative feeling. Many people are not comfortable expressing anger directly. Nevertheless, anger can be a normal and healthy reaction when situations or circumstances are unfair or unjust, personal rights are not respected, or realistic expectations are not met. If only the person can express his or her anger assertively, problem solving or conflict resolution then becomes possible. A client’s angry behavior can be very alarming for a nursing assistant since things can get out of control and might cause chaos on the facility as a whole. Anger becomes negative when the person denies it, suppresses it, or expresses it inappropriately. A … [Read more...]

Quick CNA Guide: Safe Transfer Techniques

As a certified nursing assistant, you are very hands on with your client. You are responsible for the very basic needs of your client including his or her mobility. As the primary caregiver of the client, one of your duties is the safety of your clients when transferring them from bed to chair, bed to stretcher and vice versa. Strength is not only necessary, but also the proper and safe transfer techniques so you'll not be physically strained. Proper transferring will not only benefit your client, but also yourself. Before the transfer, here are the general considerations a CNA can follow: Plan the transfer well. Determine the sequence, space used, number of assistants necessary, the … [Read more...]

CNA Guide: Key Role in Error Prevention

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 … [Read more...]

CNA Skills – Care of Nails

Procedure Key Points 1. Cut the nails then file To prevent nails from being brittle 2. Apply emollient like cold cream To keep nails and cuticles in goof condition 3. Cut the nails short To prevent dirt from accumulating underneath 4. Fingernails may be trim in oval fashion, but filing the nails too far down on the sides is contraindicated To prevent injury to the cuticle and the skin around the nail 5. Toe nails are cut square To prevent ingrown toenails 6. Hangnails are broken pieces of cuticles; they should be removed by cutting. Hangnails can be prevented by pushing the cuticle back gently with a blunt instrument or with a towel after washing the … [Read more...]