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As a CNA, how did you not become overly connected to your patients or residents?

I am trying to become a CMA, but when I was in clinical for CNA, I experienced the sadness of my patients missing me so much to the point where they didn't want to eat unless I fed them. I would like to know how to avoid such bittersweet dilemmas.

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Bailey’s Answer

At the beginning of the shift make it very clear that you are the CNA until the end of your shift and give a specific time. It is okay to be nice and caring to the patients. It is not okay if they become dependent on only you where they do not eat if you are missing. Always encourage patient autonomy whenever possible. So help the patient, but allow them to do things for themselves - if they are able to. Like open the juice box for them but allow them to hold it. Cut the meat up for them, but allow them to use the fork. Attachment will hurt but it sounds like you have a big heart. Keep up the good work.
Thank you comment icon Thanks for your encouragement! Grace
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Jennifer’s Answer

Realize your in a profession that caring comes with the territory.
If You do that from the beginning, they know what to expect .
If you give more then that.. it's your Option, yet remember You have to know. .




Jennifer recommends the following next steps:

You must set Healthy Limits and Boundries between you and the patient.
They form attachments to those who care for them (especially if you treat them well) You cannot feel guilty or bad if you have to walk away.... patients can be emotionally intense at times, and it can then become and unhealthy co dependency.
Get thier focus back on thier care and off you in particular... it keeps the lines of communication open, and less hurt feelings.
Count on your Team... know who is there to relieve you, remind them to look forward to thier time with the next person comming on shift.. as well as if thier favor meal time is next or activities... ...... I hope this helps.
Thank you comment icon Thanks, can't wait to put this advice into action! Grace
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Dee’s Answer

Sometimes it helps to put yourself in the situation and think what you would want for you or your family member. Boundaries are a good thing. It is hard to not become over involved but realize that it does not add to their care by having them want only you. It seems flattering, but it really indicates that you are over involved.
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