Handwashing is a very crucial part of nursing.
The foremost duty of each and every CNA is to maintain cleanliness. This is very important to ensure prevention of diseases and safety of all of the ones residing or working in the health care facility including patients, nurses, and doctors. Infection is bound to spread in an environment where everyone is surrounded with patients, as the microbes find it easier to act in such an environment. Hand washing is one such thing that has helped a lot in the prevention of diseases.
Even one of the skills that a candidate requires performing during skills test of competency evaluation exam is handwashing. A proctor keenly assesses and rates your performance in this skill as well as in the remaining 4 skills. He/she mainly emphasizes on how you perform in hand washing skill, as it comes under the basic ones. Thus proper training is provided to the candidates under clinical section during the course of state-approved nurse aide program to expertise them in performing the skills appropriately.
Although excelling in both written test and clinical skills evaluation test is important, it is a bit difficult to pass skills test. This is because a candidate requires succeeding in each skill, as failure in even a single skill task leads to complete failure. If such is the case, he/she will require retaking that test next time. Thus you must be at least proficient in performing the skills at this stage. What is important for your growth as a CNA, in the facility you work, is how well you perform.
Let us go through some tips that will help ensure proper handwashing. Some experts claim that washing hands is the best way of staying away from diseases. This is because it keeps the bacteria away. Diseases, which are contagious, are more likely to cause infection in the ones who does not give importance to cleanliness. Say for example, if someone suffering from flu sneezes without covering his/her mouth and few drops of saliva fall on your hand, it may allow rapid bacterial growth that may inherit you with infection.
Thus if such a case happens, you must immediately wash your hands. Avoiding handwashing may also affect you through infections including flu, common cold, hepatitis A, and some skin infections. In fact, there is no harm in washing hands, as it helps you in staying fit.
When to wash hands is a question that may strike your mind. You must wash hands before and after eating, and after touching mouth, eyes, or nose. CNAs have to deal with patients at regular interval of time. Proper treatment, maintaining cleanliness, and proper coordination amongst the employees are the three factors that are very crucial for recovery. Thus they must wash hands before and after treating the patients. They must also encourage patients to wash hands for controlling spread of infection. Even hands must be washed after using equipments. Handwashing, just for the sake of washing hands is not good. You must wash them properly. You must use soap; apply it to your hands for 20-30 seconds and then wash them out.
Thus it is necessary for every CNA to wash their hands and maintain cleanliness. This will not only keep you healthy but also protect others from infections.