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CNAs: The Benefits of Learning Go Beyond the Job!

As every CNA knows, things change rapidly in health care.  This means that nursing assistants can't "rest on their laurels" and claim that they know all they need to know to do their jobs.  Having an active, open mind and a true desire to continue learning go a long way toward being an effective CNA.

Studies have shown that an hour of increased brain activity can make a person smarter, more energetic, creative and open to new ways of thinking. Of course, completing inservices or reading medical information online are two ways to increase your brain activity.

However, there are countless ways to exercise your mind that have nothing to do with medicine-but will still help keep your mind stimulated and ready for "on the job" learning. Here are just a few:  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 »

The Secret to Banning Boredom on the Job

Have you ever felt bored at work...sick and tired of the same old daily routine?  It happens to all of us, but did you know that you have the power to banish boredom in your life?  One of the best ways to stay enthusiastic about your job is to learn something new every day...and then apply that knowledge to your client care.

This puts YOU in charge of many aspects of your work day and also helps make you an outstanding nurse aide.  Learning something new every day is simple whether you pick up a tip from a co-worker, read an article in a health-related magazine or complete one of your annual inservice hours.

But there's more to daily learning than just banning boredom!   By taking charge of your own learning needs, you'll reap the benefits of lifelong learning.   When you learn new things, you:  read more »


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