<![CDATA[For the Love of Nursing - Blog]]>Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:39:46 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Dynamics Between RNs and CNAs]]>Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:44:50 GMThttp://fortheloveofnursing.weebly.com/blog/dynamics-between-rns-and-cnasAs you've undergone your theoretical and clinical training, you've likely began to understand your role within a medical setting. While certified nursing assistants are a necessary component of a fully-functional nursing staff, you must understand how you and registered nurses interact. The level and quality of this interaction is unique as it directly determines the quality of patient care as well as the efficiency of an entire department. Even though the best way to learn this technique is to physically work in a medical environment, you may follow several tips to understand and manipulate relationship dynamics between these two similar, but starkly different, professions.

True Understanding of Your Responsibilities

The first step in understanding the dynamics between registered nurses and certified nursing assistants is to understand your expected responsibilities and roles within a medical environment. While this information was taught during your training program (see CNA Certification Scoop), refresh your mind by reviewing the policies and regulations for CNAs established by the board of nursing for your state. Although these responsibilities can vary, typically, CNAs are required to assist RNs in any way possible. This means tending to patients after procedures, monitoring vital signs and reporting current patient status to the charge nurse. Never show up to work without fully understanding what's expected of you and what's required of you via the law.

Primary Goal: Assist Registered Nurses

Throughout the hustle-and-bustle of working in a healthcare facility, it's easy to forget what your genuine job duty is: to assist registered nurses. No matter what how important you feel or how knowledgeable you are, your primary goal is to be the best assistant as possible. This doesn't mean constantly following and shadowing registered nurses, as you may actually get in the way. Rather, it means making yourself fully aware of a given situation and communicating your ability and willingness to perform whatever duty allowed by law.

The biggest way to find yourself at the wrong end of an encounter is to go beyond your scope of practice or to question a registered nurse. Avoid this common mistake by viewing all registered nurses as your managers. While you may not have to answer directly to a particular nurse, out of respect for their job title and education experience, treat every RN with deep respect. Balance the dynamic between yourself and other nursing staff members by fully understanding your role and maintain a willingness to be as useful as possible, even if you find certain tasks to be unsavory.
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<![CDATA[Understanding the Nursing Process]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2012 20:40:21 GMThttp://fortheloveofnursing.weebly.com/blog/understanding-the-nursing-processMany aspiring certified nursing assistants are attracted to this career as it offers a detailed view of what it's like to work as a registered nurse without having to undergo the amount of schooling and licensing this profession requires. If you're curious about expanding your career as a CNA, and possibly even jumping into a new career as a registered nurse, then you must take time out of your day to truly study and focus the nursing process.

Exploring the Nursing Process

Throughout your CNA training, you were taught entry-level procedures and tasks necessary to complete your job. While these procedures are rarely carried out by nurses, it does offer a glimpse into the daily work life of an RN. While shuffling throughout your day, focus on how RNs perform their duties. By doing so, you'll become an active member of the nursing staff, which is essential to navigate the sometimes complicated treatment and procedures patients require.

Find Your Nursing Staff Niche

When you focus on the daily tasks and responsibilities of your fellow nursing staff members, you'll automatically see areas where your assistance is needed. Some of the most talented and successful certified nursing assistants are those that understand their role while simultaneously searching for ways to truly assist lead nurses. Don't wait to be told what to do. If you see something that must be done, and if it's legal for you to do it, then push forward without being told. Finding these areas where you're needed without being told showcases your true value and worth to the nursing department.

Know When to Step Aside

One of the biggest issues many registered nurses have with certified nursing assistants is their inability to know when they should step aside. While you may have a strong desire to help in every aspect, the truth of the matter is your education and experience is limited. Registered nurses, and other nursing staff members, have undergone years of training and clinical experience. Never overstep your bounds by attempting to perform the duties of a nurse. Rather, step aside and use this moment as an opportunity to expand your knowledge while simultaneously making yourself available for assistance. This is one of the most important aspects of learning and working with the nursing process. Although the nursing process can vary from institution-to-institution, as a CNA it's your responsibility to observe how nurses operate. Upon this observation you may then alter your activities to seamlessly integrate into an already-established system.
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