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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 »

What in the World Is Swine Flu?

You may have heard that the United States government has declared a “state of emergency” because of an outbreak of the swine flu. So what is swine flu all about and why is it a public health emergency?

Swine flu is a virus that originates in pigs.  It causes them to have respiratory symptoms similar to when a person gets the flu.  Normally, the virus spreads from pig to pig, but NOT to humans.  In the past, there were rare cases of people “catching” swine flu, but, in most of these cases, the people had contact with sick pigs.   read more »

More CNAs Have Been Honored! Do You Know Any of Them?

Be sure to check out the blog on our parent site:  In the Know.  Scroll down the blog to view all the nursing assistants who are being honored as part of the CNA of the Quarter Award

These CNAs work in a variety of settings:  hospitals, home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities.  And, their supervisors had many nice things to say about them!

In the Know will present the CNA of the Quarter Award again at the end of June.  Maybe next time it will be you?

Take care,


Could Our "CNA of the Quarter" Be a Co-Worker of Yours?

As you may know, Just for CNAs is a branch of In the Know, a company that has been helping health care organizations grow their CNA inservice libraries for more than ten years.

Last month, we received countless nominations for In the Know's CNA of the Quarter Award. To see who was honored with this award (for the first quarter of 2009), please click here to visit In the Know's blog.

And, be sure to check back every couple of days.  We will be blogging about some of the other outstanding CNAs for whom their supervisors...and their clients...are so very grateful.

With thanks to all CNAs, everywhere,



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