On October 1st, 2010, all long-term care facilities were required to switch to MDS 3.0 (Minimum Data Set). This change effects everyone who works within one of these facilities- including you! We're here to help you understand what this switch means and what changes you may have to make during your every day work. Don't stress... simply check out our two-part inservice series all about MDS 3.0!
Show your supervisor that you are ready and willing to tackle MDS 3.0 head on!
New Topic Addition: "Building Trust & Confidence with Clients"
Frequently, as a CNA you must intrude on your client's intimate space. Imagine having someone you don't know very well provide all of your private personal care. This can be a very uncomfortable situation! But, when you set the tone and build the relationship on trust and confidence, you can minimize the discomfort.
Setting boundaries early in the relationship with your client will help you build trust. To set clear boundaries, try the following:
To learn more about how you can build trust and confidence with your clients, check out our newly added topic here.
One in seven Americans has an orthopedic impairment. Unfortunately, this number will only rise in the coming years (which means doctors will perform more and more surgeries). As a CNA, it's often your job to care for clients after orthopedic surgery. Do you know all of the ways you can help your orthopedic client(s) transition back to a healthy and active lifestyle?
Check out our newly added inservice: "Caring for Clients after Orthopedic Surgery" to review common orthopedic surgeries, learn the possible complications after joint replacement surgery, discuss the importance of pain management and more.
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In the healthcare workplace, it can be hard to always keep a lighthearted attitude. However, just a couple minutes of laughter a day can make a huge impact in your life and in your clients lives!
By studying our inservice, "The Role of Humor in Healing", you'll learn all the ways that you can bring humor with you to your workplace. Also covered within this lesson are all of the roles that humor plays in the healing process. Scroll down for a sneak peek into the inservice:
(The following information was pulled from page 9 of the inservice, "The Role of Humor in Healing")
Key Points to Remember
1. Therapeutic humor is any activity that enhances health by promoting playful discovery, expression and appreciation of the absurdity of life's situations.
2. Humor improves people physically, mentally and socially by enhancing immunity, relieving stress, and strengthening relationships.
3. Passive humor is created by observing something funny. Humor production is the act of finding or creating humor in everyday situations.
4. Humor is an excellent and healthy coping strategy to use between co-workers to decrease stress, build stronger working relationships and increase job satisfaction.
5. Work on your own sense of humor! By developing your sense of humor, you will be able to bring more humor and laughter to your clients, co-workers, friends and family!
As a nursing assistant, one of your primary roles is to collect and communicate information. That information is collected by observing clients and communicated by reporting to the nurse and/or documenting in the client's chart.
By being able to recognize what is abnormal, you'll be ensuring a better outcome for your client(s)! For example: your client, Mrs. Jones has a slightly reddened area on her hip that was not there last week. She tells you that the area is sensitive to the touch. You know that these symptoms are the early signs of a pressure sore. By catching and reporting these abnormal observations, Mrs. Jones has a better chance of receiving quick treatment for her developing pressure sore.
To learn more about abnormal vital signs, pain, mental status, nutrition, elimination, skin, and more, check out our NEW inservice: "Recognizing and Reporting Abnormal Observations."