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CNA and Obstetric Nurse

Hey my name is Tyra, on my last post someone said if I put the questions down, you all will be happy to answer.

1. What are some types of restraint trainings for a CNA ?

2. What do you like most about being a CNA or Obstetric Nurse ?

3. What are some tips that can help me be successful as a CNA in the near future?

Thank you comment icon I am nota CNA. Or a MA. Role of CNA may vary from hospitals to Nursing homes. CNA role is patient focused help with ADL. Perform vital signs assist with meals checking blood glucose levels and communicate with RN and patients families Patrice Bachmann
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Corky’s Answer

Hi Tyra,
I’ve been a nurse for many many years. I did not start out as a CNA. I went straight into RN school. However, most of the CNAs I’ve met over the years have been amazing members of the healthcare team. I’ll answer your questions based on what my experiences working with CNAs has been.

1. All nursing staff members are trained on the same type of physical restraints - wrist and vest restraints are the two most common. It’s always important to know why the patient is being restrained and to monitor the patient in restraints closely.

2. The CNA spends more time with the patient (taking care of their personal needs) than any other member of the team. Kindness, compassion and empathy are the hallmark traits for those in the healthcare profession. Hours can be long, staff may be working short…but when you enter that patients room we still have to remember that none of those things are their fault. We are there to provide a service. Treating patients the way I would want someone to treat my family is the first thing I think of before I enter a room.

3. Having a good working relationship with your team - nurses, doctors, therapist, etc. goes a long way. Ask questions - never do anything you’re unsure about. Someone’s life could depend on it. And the last thing I’d like to share with you is to never stop learning. Attend trainings, get certified in additional things to add to your list of skills and credentials and always be an advocate for your patients.

Good luck with your future goals!
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Sophia M.’s Answer

1. What are some types of restraint trainings for a CNA ? The CNA are trained to use "soft restraint" its knot you will learn so that it is easily untied if patient has to get out bed.

2. What do you like most about being a CNA or Obstetric Nurse ? I was a CNA before RN and NP . A CNA is a good introduction to nursing and patient care if this the direction you are heading toward

3. What are some tips that can help me be successful as a CNA in the near future? - Get certified as nurse assistant and learn from other CNA and nurses. Find a mentor when you start working as a CNA. Someone who you want to be like when you work in the field.
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Jillian’s Answer

The best advice I have for anyone wanting to enter healthcare, a CNA absolutely included, is to make sure you are entering because you truly want to help people. Being a CNA is a very demanding job, long hours on your feet, crabby/mean patients and families, demanding administration. But for me it was all worth it because I loved touching the lives of people who were having some of the worst days of their lives. Being able to hold someone's hand for a few minutes, listening to their stories, offering a caring and sincere presence meant the world to me. If you truly want to be impactful and can do it in a caring and kind fashion Being a CNA is a great place to start.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much! Tyra
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Jillian! Barbara M
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