CNA Inservices: 5 More Great Ideas

Author imageLinda Leekley
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If you are looking for more ideas to spice up your inservice schedule, consider presenting the following topics.

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If you are looking for more ideas to spice up your inservice schedule, consider presenting the following topics:

1. Review the Normal Aging Process

During their short initial training time, nursing assistants learn a few basics about the human body. However, in order to enhance their observational skills, it’s good to provide more details about how humans age. Try presenting the information by body system. Talk about the lifestyle choices that slow aging and those that speed it up and remind your CNAs how they can help their elderly clients enjoy a good quality of life.

2. Discuss End of Life Care

To be outstanding, CNAs should be able to handle the full spectrum of life, including the dying process. Give your aides information on the end of life, such as how to recognize symptoms that signal death is near, how to provide comfort for dying clients and their families and how to care for the body once death has occurred. Consider including information on death and cultural diversity and the stages of grief.

3. Brush Up on Mouth Care

Top-notch CNAs understand the importance and benefits of good oral hygiene and how it can affect not just the quality of their clients’ lives, but also their overall health. How about presenting an inservice that goes beyond the mouth care protocol for your workplace? Give plenty of tips for performing oral hygiene, dealing with dentures, and observing for oral and dental problems.

4. Delve into Basic Human Needs

To enhance your nursing assistants’ sense of empathy, give them an overview of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. During the inservice, review the five levels of basic human needs, how the levels relate to each other and how illness affects a person’s place in the Hierarchy. With a greater understanding of what makes people “tick”, your aides will excel at providing holistic, client-centered care.

5. Talk about Cost-Efficient Care

While cost-efficiency is always important in health care, it’s especially vital in today’s economy. Plan an inservice that provides practical tips for how nursing assistants can save money throughout their daily client care. Be sure to cover how to minimize waste and how time management, healthcare associated infections and medical errors affect the bottom line. Top-notch CNAs know that saving money today means better working conditions tomorrow!

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These are just a few ideas for rounding out your inservice offerings.   At the same time, you’ll keep your nursing assistants interested and be on your way to developing a team of top-notch CNAs!

Happy Teaching,

Linda

Linda Leekley BS, RN

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