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Lifelong Learning Opportunities for CNAs

Whether you work as a CNA, a home health aide or a personal care aide, the internet offers some terrific options for nursing paraprofessionals who are looking to learn new things. However, it’s easy to get “lost” in cyberspace as you search for relevant information. Here are just a few sites that we feel have a lot to offer CNAs—and anyone who works in health care. (To visit any of the recommended sites, simply click the BLUE text.)

Nursing Assistant Resources on the Web

For ten years, three nursing assistants named Patti, Kim and Heather have worked diligently to create a central location for CNAs to access information on the web. They believe that “the more informed CNAs are, the better quality work they will produce.”

Their site is for nursing assistants and those who care about CNA work/practice. They are not involved in politics and accept no paid advertising from anyone.  read more »

If You Work with the Elderly, Please Read This...and Take Action!

Check out this important information from the Eldercare Workforce Alliance.  It could have a huge impact on your future career!

By 2030, one in five Americans will be age 65 or older, 75% of whom will have one or more chronic conditions. Many older adults and those with chronic diseases do not receive the care they need because of an inadequately trained healthcare workforce, clinician and faculty shortages, and poor working conditions for direct-care workers (such as nursing assistants, home health aides and personal care aides).

We can strengthen the eldercare workforce by urging Congress to include the following measures as part of health reform:
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Your Job Is SO Important!

Did you know that the United States Department of Labor has recognized the importance of your job? It lists nursing assistants, home care aides and personal care aides as three of the most needed jobs for the year 2009 and beyond.

Our country will be needing more and more people with the skills that you already have. This is because our population is getting older (All those “baby boomers” aren’t babies anymore!) As the years pass, technology will help even more elderly people live longer. There will be a greater need for nursing assistants and aides to help elderly people who have chronic illnesses.

In the year 2006, nursing aides held almost 2.3 million jobs in the United States. This huge number is only expected to increase in the coming years. It has been projected that by the year 2016, the number of nursing aides needed will increase by nearly 30%! The biggest job growth will be in home health care since more and more seniors are staying in their homes during times of illness.  read more »

Are You a Critical Thinker?

For health care professionals like you and me, critical thinking is a "MUST HAVE" skill. Being able to think critically is just as important as knowing how to measure someone's vital signs or document client care. How are your critical thinking skills?

You are thinking critically when you:

  • Look for things that may be clouding your judgment.
  • Explore ideas that might bring a new solution to an old problem.
  • Take responsibility for what you say and do instead of just blindly following other people.
  • Expose yourself to new information and keep an open mind about what you learn.
  • Recognize that there is usually more than one way of looking at things...and that things are NOT always what they seem.
  • Figure out what you really believe—instead of letting others tell you what to believe.
  • Are more concerned with finding the best solution rather than just being “right”.
  • Avoid making snap judgments.

People who are critical thinkers tend to:  read more »

Don't Forget to Take Care of YOURSELF, Too!

As a nursing assistant, you spend every day caring for others.  But, do you remember to take good care of yourself, too?  To work toward wellness for yourself, it’s important to focus on five different components of life, including:

Emotional Wellness

People who are emotionally well are able to express their feelings freely. They know how to handle the stress of their daily lives and know when and how to seek support from others. They also work to develop healthy relationships with others.

TIP:  Try the old "count to ten" trick when you feel angry.

Intellectual Wellness

Ongoing education is important for intellectual wellness. People who are intellectually well enjoy learning new things, expressing their creativity, and improving their skills. (For example, by visiting this website and reading this blog, you are working on your intellectual wellness!)

TIP:  Try to keep up with current events.  Discuss them with friends or family members.

Physical Wellness  read more »


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