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CNAs: Provide Cost-Efficient Care at Your Workplace

It’s Earth Day today, which makes it the perfect time to focus on providing cost-efficient care at your workplace. Why should you care? Consider these facts:  read more »

For CNAs: The Importance of Perineal Care

Everyone's favorite topic . . . perineal care!  As you know, the perineum is the area that spans from the genitals to the anus. No other area of the body is more difficult to discuss, but, when it comes to client care, it is worth talking about!  read more »

What's Quality Improvement All About?

You’ve probably heard people at work talking about “quality improvement”. You may have been asked to participate in a QI study or attend a QI committee meeting. But what’s all this fuss about quality—especially when everyone’s already working so hard?

Health organizations focus on quality in order to raise the level of client care—no matter how good it may already be. The idea of a quality improvement program is to:

  • Identify problems a workplace may have in meeting the needs of its clients and its employees.
  • Provide an organized approach to solving those problems.
  • Help improve the quality of life for every client and the working conditions for every employee.

A quality improvement program helps health care organizations measure how well they meet the needs of both clients and employees. QI cuts across all departments and requires participation from every staff member… from housekeeping staff to clerical employees to client care staff.  read more »

4 Easy Ways to Break Confidentiality (And How to Avoid Them!)

As a nursing assistant, you spend more time with your clients than anyone else on the health care team. This helps you develop a close relationship with your clients. They come to trust you with their personal information—believing that you will keep it to yourself.
 
Now, be honest. Have you ever discussed a client’s private information with your family or laughed about a client with a group of coworkers? Most health care workers would probably answer “yes”.  
Talking about your clients in a public place or to people who aren’t involved in their care breaks the trust your clients have placed in you.   Health care workers who break confidentiality can lose their jobs and can even find themselves in a lawsuit!
 
Four Easy Ways to Break Confidentiality (And How to Avoid Them!)
 
There are a few common ways that health care workers break their clients’ trust without really meaning to. See if you can spot the mistakes these nursing aides made:
 
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