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Nursing Assistant Resources on the Web

At Just for CNAs, we support the idea that the more you know, the more you can achieve...in both your personal and professional lives.  And, we like to acknowledge others who share this belief.

Nursing Assistant Resources on the Web is a fabulous website managed by three nursing assistants from New Hampshire: Patti, Kim and Heather.  They have been in health care for twenty years and have worked at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, hospices, drug/alcohol rehab centers and more.

The goal of their site (which is a blog) is to bring together all the online resources, links and information relevant to CNAs to one central place.  They believe that the work of CNAs is important and valuable.  And, like us, they believe the more informed CNAs are, the better quality work they will produce.  read more »

The Importance of Pain Management...Part Two

Some Types & Causes of Pain

"Everyday" pain includes minor problems like mild headaches, menstrual pain or pulled muscles.  Usually, it goes away by itself or when treated with over-the-counter drugs like aspirin, Tylenol or Motrin.

Acute pain ranges from mild to severe and the cause can usually be identified, such as injuries, surgery, constipation, childbirth, kidney stones or a heart attack.  Most acute pain responds to OTC drugs or short-term use of narcotics--and it usually goes away by the time the person heals.
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The Importance of Pain Management

OUCH! Pain is unwelcome and uncomfortable. But, believe it or not, pain is also natural and necessary. It has an important purpose—to protect people from harm.

For example:

  • Pain causes little Cindy to pull her fingers away from a hot stove—before they become badly burned.
  • The pain from a sprained ankle keeps Jim off his feet for a few days—giving the ankle a chance to heal.
  • Mildred’s sudden chest pain warns her that she may be having a heart attack—giving her time to get to the doctor.

In these examples, pain is actually helpful. Without the pain, Cindy could suffer a serious burn, Jim could permanently damage his ankle and Mildred could die without warning. Unfortunately, pain can also become constant, unbearable and devastating. Instead of protecting people from harm, pain can destroy their ability to live normal lives. To prevent this from happening to your clients, it’s important to learn all you can about pain management.

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Knowing More about MRSA, Part Two!

How is MRSA Spread...and Can It Be Treated?

MRSA germs can be found on the skin, in the nose and in the blood or urine. Most commonly, the bacteria are spread between people through physical contact. In healthcare facilities, it is usually healthcare workers who spread the germs from patient to patient on their hands, clothing or instruments.

While MRSA bacteria do not travel through the air, they can live for days on personal items such as towels, washcloths, razors, clothing or uniforms—anything that has had contact with MRSA infected skin or body fluids.

The good news is that most MRSA infections are treatable with powerful antibiotics. The treatment may be in the form of a pill, an IV or a topical antibiotic cream. The most important part of treatment for an MRSA infection is that people follow the directions for taking the antibiotic—and don’t stop taking it just because they are feeling better or it looks like their infection is gone. That’s one of the reasons that staph bacteria became drug-resistant in the first place!  read more »

Knowing More about MRSA

What Is MRSA?

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (or MRSA, for short) is a bacteria that has learned how to fight back against antibiotics in the penicillin family.  Staphylococcus Aureus--usually just called staph--is commonly found in the noses and on the skin of healthy people.  Normally, it is a harmless passenger, but when it turns toxic, it causes minor illnesses (like pimples and boils) or serious illnesses (like  pneumonia and toxic shock syndrome).

The antibiotic, methicillin, has been used for years to treat staph infections and is still successful in some cases.  However, MRSA germs are staph bacteria that have become SUPER BUGS.  They are drug-resistant!

Until recently, MRSA was rare, causing fewer than 1% of all staph infections seen in the hospital.  Today, things have changed dramatically.  The latest research found that of all the staph infections among intensive care patients, 65% of them are caused by MRSA!  read more »


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