One in seven Americans has an orthopedic impairment. Unfortunately, this number will only rise in the coming years (which means doctors will perform more and more surgeries). As a CNA, it's often your job to care for clients after orthopedic surgery. Do you know all of the ways you can help your orthopedic client(s) transition back to a healthy and active lifestyle?
Check out our newly added inservice: "Caring for Clients after Orthopedic Surgery" to review common orthopedic surgeries, learn the possible complications after joint replacement surgery, discuss the importance of pain management and more.
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In the healthcare workplace, it can be hard to always keep a lighthearted attitude. However, just a couple minutes of laughter a day can make a huge impact in your life and in your clients lives!
By studying our inservice, "The Role of Humor in Healing", you'll learn all the ways that you can bring humor with you to your workplace. Also covered within this lesson are all of the roles that humor plays in the healing process. Scroll down for a sneak peek into the inservice:
(The following information was pulled from page 9 of the inservice, "The Role of Humor in Healing")
Key Points to Remember
1. Therapeutic humor is any activity that enhances health by promoting playful discovery, expression and appreciation of the absurdity of life's situations.
2. Humor improves people physically, mentally and socially by enhancing immunity, relieving stress, and strengthening relationships.
3. Passive humor is created by observing something funny. Humor production is the act of finding or creating humor in everyday situations.
4. Humor is an excellent and healthy coping strategy to use between co-workers to decrease stress, build stronger working relationships and increase job satisfaction.
5. Work on your own sense of humor! By developing your sense of humor, you will be able to bring more humor and laughter to your clients, co-workers, friends and family!
There's no doubt about it...working in the nursing field is stressful. So, how is your stress level these days? Try taking this quick little "Stress Test" (developed by clinical psychologist Dan Johnston) to see if you could use a little stress management.
Remember...when stress becomes a way of life, it can lead to health problems--from tension headaches to heart attacks, ulcers and even cancer. In fact, up to 75% of disease may be stress-related!
So, if the results of your Stress Test show that you could use some tips on how to reduce and/or manage your stress, consider completing our Stress Management Skills inservice. It might be the best thing you do for your health this month!
Take good care,
As a nursing assistant, one of your primary roles is to collect and communicate information. That information is collected by observing clients and communicated by reporting to the nurse and/or documenting in the client's chart.
By being able to recognize what is abnormal, you'll be ensuring a better outcome for your client(s)! For example: your client, Mrs. Jones has a slightly reddened area on her hip that was not there last week. She tells you that the area is sensitive to the touch. You know that these symptoms are the early signs of a pressure sore. By catching and reporting these abnormal observations, Mrs. Jones has a better chance of receiving quick treatment for her developing pressure sore.
To learn more about abnormal vital signs, pain, mental status, nutrition, elimination, skin, and more, check out our NEW inservice: "Recognizing and Reporting Abnormal Observations."
Did you know that the average American spends more than 1800 hours a year at work? People who are unhappy with their jobs spend those hours feeling stressed, impatient, unfulfilled... and even angry. People who are satisfied with their jobs are more productive and successful-- and the hours fly by!
If you dislike your job, you are probably shortchanging yourself, your clients and your employer. You are losing out by spending all those hours wishing you were someplace else. Your clients miss out by not having a satisfied professional caring for them. And your employer gets shortchanged because you are probably giving less than your best effort.
By studying our NEW inservice "How to Really Love Your Job," you can learn different ways to feel more satisfied at work. And, you won't believe how easy it is to really make positive changes!