"In care facilities, nursing assistants provide daily physical care for the aged and disabled, including help with bathing, using the restroom, grooming, eating, mobility, and providing the caring and social support they need for a healthy existence. It is exhausting work under the best conditions. During a pandemic it is soul shaking. Nursing assistants have historically been subjected to poor wages and benefits, inadequate staffing ratios, and the stresses of caregiving; forcing nursing assistants out of the profession to work other jobs resulting in a high turnover rate and the vicious cycle of understaffing." Dr. Carrie L. Jarosinski RN, [...]
The tsunami of baby boomers is a long-told story, yet we continue to resist discussion about its impact on a humanistic level for fear of revealing our own vulnerabilities. We covet youth, health and vibrancy and shield our eyes from the truth that those are all fleeting. America has not been great at caring for our aged or disabled; we lack financial and human resources, opportunity, and perhaps even the desire to do so. With dual parent working families, single parents busily working and raising children, and the financial erosion of caretaking capacity, Americans leverage community resources to meet care [...]
If you are looking to start a CNA school, there are quite a few things to consider along this venture. Many people want to know the profitability of a CNA school. How much the tuition should be? Or where they should place their school? In my 5 years of starting CNA schools all over the nation, I have mastered the top 5 items every CNA school owner should consider during the startup process and they go much deeper than the items listed above. Who can teach the CNA program? Many are unaware that CNA programs are federally regulated. This [...]
CNA Certification Requirements Wondering what the requirements are to become a CNA? Wondering if CNA might be the right course for you? Wondering what you might learn by becoming a CNA? Check out this quick infographic for more information!
What is a CNA? The title varies by state, but CNA commonly stands for Certified Nursing Assistant or Certified Nurse Aide. Some states use STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) instead of CNA, but they are the same job. CNAs work under the direct supervision of LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) or RNs (Registered Nurses) and assist patients or residents with daily living and healthcare activities. What responsibilities does a CNA have? CNAs work with patients or residents, usually in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, helping with daily tasks such as grooming and personal hygiene, bedmaking, measuring vital signs, [...]
As caregiving professionals, it is important for us to be vaccinated as early as possible. Being vaccinated stops the spread of COVID-19 to our patients, families, and neighbors and slows the spread of the pandemic. The following is information about the available COVID-19 vaccines and the aftercare. It is also available at www.CDC.gov and www.FDA.gov, and it is recommended that you consult with your physician for guidance on whether the vaccine and care described below is for you. There are currently three vaccines approved by the FDA to vaccinate against COVID-19: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Some require [...]