Nurses’ aides know a lot about patient care
Nursing assistants are people you can respect. They are in the center of patient care every day. They are there for their patients morning, noon, or night. Nursing assistants help patients who require help with their basic needs—whether it is helping them comb their hair, eat a meal, move out of a wheelchair, or adjust their bed setting.
Nursing assistants are trained professionals who help the nursing team by providing basic care services. They typically work in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or hospitals. They can also be called certified nursing assistants (CNAs), nurses’ aides, or licensed nursing assistants (LNAs).
At the Harris Casel Institute, we are proud of the students in our Nursing Assistant program. They learn a great deal in our training program. When they leave our school, they are prepared to help their nursing team and their patients with whatever is needed. Here’s our fun list of cool things that nursing assistants know.
1. How to stay calm under pressure
Nursing environments can get pretty busy. Nursing assistants often need to multi-task while juggling the needs of different patients. Their days are never predictable. Occasionally emergencies will arise where a nursing assistant will have to stop what he or she is doing and assist an emergency team. Because of these types of events, nursing assistants get really good at staying cool under pressure!
2. How to know what a patient needs
Nursing assistants tend to spend more time with any given patient than the doctors and nurses do. While a doctor might stop by briefly during rounds, the nursing assistant stays with the patient for longer periods of time. In this way, he or she can get to know the patient better on a personal level and begin to anticipate the patient’s needs. While nursing assistants are not responsible for the patient’s medical care, they are there for their everyday basic needs.
3. How to care for seniors
Many nursing assistant jobs are in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and other residential facilities. Nursing assistants are trained in handling some of the special needs that elderly residents may have. This can include caring for patients with Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and chronic illnesses, as well as patients who are recovering from surgery.
4. How to prevent infections
Nursing homes and hospitals can be breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. Nursing assistants deal closely with the patients and are on the front line of defense against the spread of infections. They learn the proper protocol for hand-washing, when to wear and change gloves, and how to discard potentially infectious materials.
5. How to show compassion
Nursing assistants see people who are often at a very dependent and vulnerable stage of their lives. The patients may be experiencing dementia, feeling depression over the aging process, or having a great deal of pain. Nursing assistants know that these people deserve our compassion, respect, and patience. They also appreciate the importance of patient confidentiality and privacy.
These five items are just a few of the many great traits of nursing assistants. For many people, being a nursing assistant can be a gratifying career. It’s a career where you are helping others when they are at a time of need. For more information about what it’s like to be a nursing assistant, read 5 Things to Know about Becoming a Nursing Assistant. At the Harris Casel Institute, we are proud of our nursing assistant graduates who have gone on to serve patients in the Melbourne region and beyond.
The Nursing Assistant program at the Harris Casel Institute is a short-term training program offered at our campus in Melbourne, Florida. We also offer training programs for practical nurses, home health aides, medical billing and coding, and more. Find out more about enrolling at the Harris Casel Institute.