Question of The Week: I’m Not Sure I Want To Work In Nursing

April 29, 2012

Question: My mother was a CNA for many years. My sister is a nurse. I have an interest in working in healthcare, but I’m not sure yet. Is there a way for me to try out nursing without spending a lot of money with training and/or education? Answer: Great question. I wish everyone who has […]

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5 Surefire Ways To Lose Your Job, CNAs

April 27, 2012

It isn’t rocket science- keeping a job. But it seems, more and more, that some people really are clueless when it comes to certain actions that will, guaranteed, send a CNA out the door via being fired. These CNA’s act all shocked and awed. REALLY?? YES. 1) Be a NO CALL, NO SHOW. Don’t go […]

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Survey Savvy For CNA’s: Room Temps

April 24, 2012

Each week we will post an article intended to educate CNA’s on OBRA regulations. Detailed articles with advice on how to view resident care from the government’s stand point will be provided. These articles will be under a new category, “OBRA INSPECTIONS”. Regulation Number:0257 Regulation Title: COMFORTABLE & SAFE TEMPERATURE LEVELS Regulation Description: The facility […]

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Question Of The Week: I’m Having A Hard Time With Diversity!

April 23, 2012

Question: I work at an assisted living community- in the dementia unit. Many of my co workers are from other countries; many do not speak English well, or simply refuse to speak English. I have been a mentor for CNAs for over 15 years now and I’m having a hard time mentoring these people. They […]

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A Wonderful Time Of The Year?

April 21, 2012

This isn’t news to me, or to most aides I suspect. We see it. We experience it. We hear all about it. WHAT? The PANIC mode our DON and Administrators go into when it’s THAT time of the year. The biggest pony show is often put onto the stage during these times. THE ANNUAL SURVEY. […]

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SPOT LIGHT: 7 Tips To Deal Effectively With Difficult Residents

April 20, 2012

We’ve all been assigned to cranky, demanding rude residents/patients. You know them: Mean, belittling people who have elevated themselves above all others in level of need. Not just pillow fluffers, these residents demand strict attention to minute details not because the attention is necessary but because the resident believes they are entitled to it. Resident […]

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Thank Those Who Do The Thankless Work

April 18, 2012

We talk about it a lot. This work we do. The backbreaking physical work; the crappy pay; the low level of respect we get. Most of us stick it out because we love what we do; we love caring for people less fortunate than ourselves. We sacrifice a lot to stay in this field. How […]

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Disaster Planning?

April 17, 2012

Yet another study has come out about nursing homes not being prepared for disasters- natural and otherwise. After Katrina, where many residents at one nursing home died due to poor planning, the government decided to do a large scale study. WASHINGTON (AP) – Tornado, hurricane or flood, nursing homes are woefully unprepared to protect frail […]

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Question Of The Week: No One Will Hire Me!

April 16, 2012

Question: I’m a new CNA and cannot find a job anywhere! I’ve applied at nursing homes, doctors offices and hospitals. Either they’re not hiring or they want a CNA with experience. How do I get experience if I can’t get a job? HELP! Answer: It can be catch 22 situation for sure. It has little […]

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Death Rates Higher In Nursing Homes During Good Economy

April 16, 2012

An interesting article came to my attention today. In it, a study has shown that when the ecomony is strong and jobs are plentiful, nursing home residents have much higher death rates than any other time. The study shows that staffing is directly related to resident mortality. Loss of caregiving help is literally deadly for […]

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