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Alzheimer's Disease: The Sad Truth (Part 1)

Kristy Vosberg just completed the CNA program at her local college.  During the course, she was asked to write a paper on Alzheimer's disease.  Her assignment was to describe the 3 stages, the signs and symptoms of the disease and how, as a CNA, she would care for a person with Alzheimer's.  Instead of simply spitting out the facts about this disease in a dull, factual way, Kristy decided to write a short story about a woman living--and losing--her life as she passes through the stages of Alzheimer's.   read more »

How Are Your First Aid Skills?

Did you know that the 4th of July is our most dangerous holiday? There are more injuries over the Independence Day weekend than for any other holiday! So, now is a great time to review a few basic first aid tips.

As a nursing assistant, you’ll probably find yourself in emergency situations more often than the average person. Whether you work as a CNA in a hospital, a nursing home, an assisted living center, a client’s home—or somewhere else—there may come a day when your first aid skills are needed. You need to know what to do until a nurse, doctor or paramedic takes over.  Let's take a look at a couple of scenarios that might apply during the holiday weekend:

 

It's summer.  It's hot outside.  Where you live, it may be really hot!  Soaring temperatures put people at risk for heat exhaustion, a dangerous condition that occurs when the body can't sweat enough to cool itself off.  If someone has been out in the sun and complains of weakness, fatigue, headache, dizziness and is sweating profusely, you should:  read more »

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 »


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