When I am back home from work, nothing satisfies me than recollecting the activities I go around at my workplace. That may surprise you, but when you learn my job, you too will fall in love with it. I am proud to say that I belong to a profession that is regarded as sacred as a candle burning in front of a deity. After a relentless service of 12 years, the feeling of completeness enshrines me.
Yes! I started my medical career as a certified nursing assistant. With total devotion and dedication towards my profession, I have occupied the position of a supervisor. Though many factors count in your success, the most important I believe is in-service education. I am spilling my experience through this excerpt to let you know how to make your CNA in-services count.
Clearly, a person working as a certified nursing assistant is a trained individual. He/she may have obliged the state rules of training hours. Still, there are a few extra steps needed to complete in-service requirements. For this, each state has mandated that certified nursing assistants have to specialize in any one particular subject while continuing their jobs. The specialization training maybe for a day or half, but it should focus on those areas that can enhance in providing better care to clients.
When providing certified nursing aide with in-service requirements, I made a point that the knowledge they receive should be useful in all types of healthcare sectors. It should not stop with any one particular setting. Therefore, when passing on information about taking vital signs, I see that CNAs can use the devices correctly to check blood pressure, body temperature, pulse, etc.
I also take care that they understand the importance of documentation. That means the moment vital signs are measured, and they should document it immediately so that they do not forget or input wrongly. Your nursing assistants should go through these types of in-service. They will use this knowledge wherever they work in the future since the process and methods will never change. Giving information about filling the flowsheet is not essential as it is different from each workplace.
Next, you must consider the weakness of your certified nursing assistants. I observe them and make a note in my diary. When it is time for in-service, I speak to them one at a time and make them realize the areas they need to improve. I also convince them that whatever information is provided will help to gain knowledge as well as provide quality care to clients. I prioritize the topics for in-service according to its importance. A supervisor should consider the clients’ needs, and understand what the surveyors want to see. I have learned that surveyors are more interested in your education plan. Therefore, you should plan it according to the specific needs of the nursing assistant and your clients.
I have been working in a cardiac department for many years. I know very well the needs of my clients and nursing staff. Therefore, during the in-service, I provide them information about taking ECG, monitoring pulse rates that are flashed on the screen beside the clients’ beds, controlling blood pressure with medications, and fixing saline bottles, etc. Now, as the number of diabetes cases is increasing, you must provide your nursing aide with information about type I and type II diabetes. You should educate them about the blood-sugar level in the body, exercises for diabetic clients, and food that can control the sugar level. Essential details such as symptoms, effects and treatment about diabetes must be provided to your nursing assistant. I refer to the clients’ records of each year, which helps me in planning the in-service education for my CNAs for the next year.
Registered nurses must monitor their nursing training. I even take help of other staff and invite guest speakers to share their knowledge and experience with my CNAs. You must take care that registered nurses are providing complete in-service education to your certified nursing assistants. I also go through the in-service records of each year so that I have the details of what topics were covered in the previous years during in-service education.
We already agreed that certified nursing aide is trained caregivers. We should also consider that their education is somewhat limited, and they are not from a medical background. Moreover, the CNA certification training they go through does not make them an expert. It just prepares them or educates them about what they have to do. The on the job training for nursing staff help to increase the knowledge and skills that will help them for their lifetime. With these tips, you can surely make CNA in-service requirements count.