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Long-Term Care Articles by Topic: CNA Training

Anxiety

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 11, November 1, 2016

    Anxiety

Updates to the Nursing Home Compare website

  • MDS 3.0 Insider, Issue 14, July 9, 2012

    On June 19, 2012, CMS launched a redesign to the Nursing Home Compare website. According to CMS...

Ask the Expert Q&A: What is a nursing RUG?

  • MDS 3.0 Insider, Issue 14, July 9, 2012

    Q: What is a nursing RUG? A: A “nursing RUG” is industry lingo for RUG-IV scores in...

Trainer’s tip: Age-related considerations for intravenous therapy

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 9, May 3, 2012

    The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires nurses to be...

Intravenous therapy guidelines

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 9, May 3, 2012

    Before initiating intravenous therapy, perform a focused assessment of the resident’s...

Notice: Last issue of LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 9, May 3, 2012

    HCPro is sorry to report that this is the last issue of LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer. We thank you...

BALTC Q&A

  • Billing Alert for Long-Term Care, Issue 5, May 1, 2012

    We answer questions regarding surgical dressing and Medicare Secondary Payer situations.

Providers must report ­overpayments in 60 days with CMS proposed rule

  • Billing Alert for Long-Term Care, Issue 5, May 1, 2012

    Understand how CMS’ proposed rule may impact your facility and what you need to do to prepare.

Therapy cap exception ­process extended; bad debt ­payments reduced

  • Billing Alert for Long-Term Care, Issue 5, May 1, 2012

    Determine your next steps now that the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 calls...

Trainer’s tip: Nursing assessment for GCS

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 8, April 19, 2012

    Before applying compression hosiery initially, consider these safeguards:

Graduated compression stockings

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 8, April 19, 2012

    Graduated compression stockings (GCS) have been used effectively for years to prevent deep venous...

Trainer’s tip: Signs and symptoms of dehydration

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 7, April 5, 2012

    Signs and symptoms of dehydration include:

Reasons for inadequate fluid intake in the elderly

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 7, April 5, 2012

    Unfortunately, normal aging changes increase the risk for fluid imbalance and dehydration. Elderly...

Trainer’s tip: Examining the cognitively impaired resident

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 6, March 22, 2012

    When examining a cognitively impaired resident, consider the following

Physical assessment of the geriatric resident

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 6, March 22, 2012

    Physical assessment of elderly individuals can present many challenges.

Trainer’s tip: Ways to help a resident perform a task

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 5, March 8, 2012

    Residents with dementia have difficulty performing day-to-day tasks.

The effects of dementia

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 5, March 8, 2012

    Dementia is a mental disorder involving a general loss of intellectual abilities and changes in...

Trainer’s tips: Determining calories needed to maintain weight

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 4, February 23, 2012

    During a dietary assessment, the dietitian calculates the resident’s basal energy expenditure...

Food intake studies

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 4, February 23, 2012

    The physician or dietitian may request food intake studies for residents who are not eating, losing...

Trainer's tip: Understand items and conditions problematic to MRI scanning

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 3, February 9, 2012

    Other medical conditions, devices, and metallic items that are potentially problematic during MRI...

Preparing a resident for an MRI

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 3, February 9, 2012

    Occasionally, a facility must send a resident to a hospital or diagnostic center for magnetic...

Trainer’s tip: Measuring joint mobility

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 28, January 26, 2012

    Assess joint range of motion on the initial (admission) assessment and quarterly thereafter. For...

Range of motion and contractures

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 28, January 26, 2012

    Assessment of joint range of motion is an important part of restorative nursing. You must have...

Trainer's tip: Prevention and treatment of prerenal azotemia

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 27, January 12, 2012

    Prerenal azotemia is a very serious condition that can cause permanent renal damage and failure...

Prerenal Azotemia: Causes, signs, and symptoms

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 27, January 12, 2012

    Prerenal azotemia is the most common form of kidney failure seen in hospitalized patients.

Trainer's tip: Using food thickeners

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 26, December 29, 2011

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Diet textures and food acceptance

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 26, December 29, 2011

    Nursing and dietary personnel must work closely with the speech language pathologist and dietitian...

Trainer's tip: How to treat skin tears

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 25, December 15, 2011

    Your goal is to promote healing with the least amount of trauma, while minimizing pain and...

Skin tears

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 25, December 15, 2011

    A skin tear is a traumatic wound occurring principally on the extremities.

Trainer's tip: Hours of sleep

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 24, December 1, 2011

    An effective noise reduction and control program combines human noise control with environmental...

Facility noise

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 24, December 1, 2011

    Studies have shown that excessive noise has many negative physical and emotional effects on both...

Trainer’s tip: Good chair positioning begins with the feet!

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 23, November 17, 2011

    Most nurses are surprised to learn that good chair positioning is determined by the placement of...

Chair and wheelchair positioning

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 23, November 17, 2011

    The body works best when it is in good alignment. Pain is decreased and the risk of injury is...

Trainer’s tip: Controlling and eliminating bed bugs

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 22, November 3, 2011

    Maintain a high degree of suspicion for bed bugs (and/or scabies) if staff members or residents...

Maintaining a watchful eye for signs of bed bugs

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 22, November 3, 2011

    The common bed bug, Cimex Lectularius, is a wingless, red-brown, blood-sucking insect that grows up...

Trainer’s tip: Recognizing delirium and the common causes

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 21, October 20, 2011

    If a resident's behavior or mental status is different than usual, suspect delirium. It is easily...

The effect of delirium on the elderly

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 21, October 20, 2011

    Delirium is often mistaken for dementia. Delirium is best described as an acute state of confusion...

Trainer’s tip: Bariatric care equipment needs

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 20, October 6, 2011

    Many long-term care facilities successfully care for residents with bariatric needs. Because...

Providing bariatric care

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 20, October 6, 2011

    Residents who are obese have highly specialized needs. Care that is routine for persons of normal...

Trainer's tip: Learn to differentiate types of mental illness

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 19, September 22, 2011

    Many different things can cause mental health problems. Sometimes mental disorders are genetic...

Abnormal thinking and mental health problems

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 19, September 22, 2011

    Mental health problems are common among the elderly, the chronically ill, and the disabled. Since...

Trainer’s tip: Recognize the symptoms of hyponatremia and hypernatremia

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 18, September 8, 2011

    Residents with hyponatremia may be asymptomatic until the sodium level is well below normal. An...

Understanding hyponatremia and hypernatremia in dehydration

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 18, September 8, 2011

    Many elderly long-term care facility residents are found to be dehydrated with hypovolemia, or low...

Trainer’s tip: Residents who may require intake & output monitoring

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 17, August 25, 2011

    Intake and output (I&O) monitoring is a simple procedure that does not require a...

Intake and output monitoring

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 17, August 25, 2011

    You should monitor residents who have fluid imbalances or are at high risk of dehydration by...

Trainer’s tip: Observe residents for signs that may lead to malnutrition

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 16, August 11, 2011

    The body will begin to break down if it does not get the type and amount of fuel it needs...

Recognizing body changes that influence proper nutrition

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 16, August 11, 2011

    People who are sick or elderly have different food requirements than young, healthy people. They...

Trainer’s tip: The link between PPS and sleep disturbances

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 15, July 28, 2011

    Another common symptom of PPS is trouble sleeping. Many polio survivors have disturbed sleep due to...

Postpolio syndrome and common symptoms

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 15, July 28, 2011

    Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the first half of the twentieth century. Then, in...

Trainer’s tip: Suicide prevention techniques

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 14, July 14, 2011

    Here are some things you can do to help prevent someone from taking his or her own life:

The warning signs of suicide

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 14, July 14, 2011

    Residents suffering from depression (a mental disorder marked by sad or irritable mood lasting more...

Trainer’s tip: Understanding physical restraints

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 13, June 30, 2011

    Physical restraints are defined as any manual method or physical or mechanical device, material, or...

Restraint reduction and elimination

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 13, June 30, 2011

    In recent years, a movement has been underway to eliminate the use of restraints in healthcare...

Trainer’s tip: Promote an active lifestyle

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 12, June 16, 2011

    You are responsible for helping the people you take care of be as active, independent, and healthy...

National Nursing Assistants Week

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 12, June 16, 2011

    The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants announced the theme for the 34th annual National...

Trainer’s tip: Communicating with residents who have speaking, hearing, or comprehension problems

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 11, June 2, 2011

    Some residents may not be able to hear as well as others. Some residents may be unable to pick up...

Using effective communication practices

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 11, June 2, 2011

    Communication between staff and residents occurs in a variety of ways. Beyond speech and verbal...

Trainer’s tip: The four parts to diabetic treatment

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 10, May 19, 2011

    There are four main parts to treating diabetes.

Why is it important to control diabetes?

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 10, May 19, 2011

    The goal of treatment for diabetes is to keep the individual’s blood sugar as close to normal...

Trainer’s tip: Understand seizure types

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 9, May 5, 2011

    The location of the abnormal electrical activity in the brain determines the type of seizure the...

Incidence and prevalence of seizures

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 9, May 5, 2011

    Seizures, epilepsy, and status epilepticus occur with increasing frequency in elderly adults...

Trainer’s tip: General restorative care for residents after hip surgery

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 8, April 21, 2011

    Residents who are admitted or readmitted following hip repair or replacement surgery may need...

The danger of hip fractures

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 8, April 21, 2011

    A hip fracture is a break of the proximal femur where it connects or angles into the hip socket...

Trainer’s tip: Managing external bleeding

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 7, April 7, 2011

    Direct pressure (using a gloved hand and external padding) is the action of choice for external...

Providing care in a bleeding emergency

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 7, April 7, 2011

    Bleeding emergencies can be frightening, even for experienced personnel. Bleeding is caused by an...

Trainer’s tip: Managing wandering

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 6, March 24, 2011

    Diversion activities may help with wandering or pacing behaviors. Those activities can capture the...

Reasons for wandering

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 6, March 24, 2011

    Wandering usually has a purpose. It may be a form of communication when language skills are lost. A...

Trainer’s tip: Always treat the resident with respect

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 4, February 24, 2011

    When offering behavioral treatment, it is important to remember that a resident with UI is not...

Handling the needs of residents suffering from incontinence

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 4, February 24, 2011

    Residents who cannot control when or where they urinate suffer from urinary incontinence (UI...

Trainer’s tip: Know the types of anxiety

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 3, February 10, 2011

    There are five main types of severe anxiety.

A closer look at anxiety

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 3, February 10, 2011

    Anxiety is a feeling of concern or worry, and includes increased alertness or awareness. It can be...

Trainer’s tip: Recognizing the signs and symptoms of dysphagia

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 2, January 27, 2011

    If a resident experiences any of the below signs or symptoms, consultation with a speech-language...

Residents at high risk for developing dysphagia

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 2, January 27, 2011

    Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing food, fluids, or oral secretions. Approximately 53%-74% of...

Trainer's tip: Stay calm and don't forget about the other residents

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 1, January 13, 2011

    When dealing with an elopement, it is critical that staff stay calm so as not to alarm the other...

Responding to an elopement

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 1, January 13, 2011

    It is absolutely critical that your facility has a plan in place for responding to an elopement. If...

Trainer’s tip: Recognizing the signs and symptoms of pseudomembranous colitis

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 26, December 30, 2010

    Pseudomembranous colitis can be difficult to diagnose, developing several weeks or months after an...

Understanding pseudomembranous colitis

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 26, December 30, 2010

    The colon of a healthy person is full of many bacteria. Most of these bacteria are harmless. Some...

Trainer’s tip: The ABC plan of behavior management

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 25, December 16, 2010

    Managing behavior is one of the most difficult nursing responsibilities in long-term care.

Common behavior problems for alert residents

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 25, December 16, 2010

    There are many reasons for behavior that healthcare providers consider problematic or negative. If...

Trainer's tip: Recognizing the signs and symptoms of dysphagia

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 24, December 2, 2010

    If a resident experiences any of the below signs or symptoms, consultation with a speech-language...

Residents at high risk for developing dysphagia

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 24, December 2, 2010

    Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing food, fluids, or oral secretions. Approximately 53-74% of...

Trainer's tip: Restorative nursing versus rehabilitation

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 23, November 18, 2010

    Rehabilitation (therapy) and restorative nursing complement each other. They do not compete...

The principles of rehabilitation and restoration

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 23, November 18, 2010

    Rehabilitation and restorative nursing care are designed to assist residents to attain and maintain...

Trainer’s tip: Recognize stroke types and causes

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 22, November 4, 2010

    There are a variety of types of strokes, which can be triggered by unique causes.

The Cincinnati Pre-Hospital Stroke Scale

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 22, November 4, 2010

    The Cincinnati Pre-Hospital Stroke Scale is a sensitive, quick examination for stroke. This...

Trainer’s tip: The link between PPS and sleep disturbances

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 20, October 7, 2010

    Another common symptom of PPS is trouble sleeping. Many polio survivors have disturbed sleep due to...

Postpolio syndrome and common symptoms

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 20, October 7, 2010

    Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the first half of the twentieth century. Then, in...

Trainer’s tip: Understanding fall risk

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 18, September 9, 2010

    Three primary risk factors account for the majority of falls in long-term care facilities.

Falls in elderly persons

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 18, September 9, 2010

    Falls have been studied extensively in elderly persons, and statistics are often grim. The...

Trainer’s tip: Bariatric care equipment needs

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 17, August 26, 2010

    Many long-term care facilities successfully care for residents with bariatric needs. Because...

Providing bariatric care

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 17, August 26, 2010

    Persons who are obese have highly specialized needs. Care that is routine for persons of normal...

Trainer’s tip: Familiarize staff with symptoms of blood sugar variation

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 16, August 12, 2010

    Blood sugar that is too low or extremely high can rapidly lead to unconsciousness and even death...

The dangers of diabetes

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 16, August 12, 2010

    Diabetes is a disease that changes the way a resident’s body uses food. It causes the level...

Tip of the week: Recognizing parasitic agents in long-term care facilities

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 31, August 5, 2010

    Illnesses are common in healthcare settings. Long-term care facilities are no different.

The MDS 3.0

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 8, August 1, 2010

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Understanding the purpose of care plans

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 15, July 29, 2010

    All nursing care begins with an assessment of the resident’s needs. The nursing process is...

Care plan time frames

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 15, July 29, 2010

    A facility has seven days from the date of MDS 2.0 completion to develop a care plan. Since the MDS...

Tip of the week: Recognizing molds and fungal infections in long-term care facilities

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 29, July 22, 2010

    Molds can be very dangerous, especially if the spores are inhaled. Molds reproduce through small...

Trainer’s tip: Promote an active lifestyle

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 14, July 15, 2010

    You are responsible for helping the people you take care of be as active, independent, and healthy...

The value of activities and exercise

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 14, July 15, 2010

    Activities and exercise are critical to the well-being of your residents. People who regularly...

Bariatric care

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Observe residents for signs that may lead to malnutrition

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 13, July 1, 2010

    The body will begin to break down if it does not get the type and amount of fuel it needs...

Recognizing body changes that influence proper nutrition

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 13, July 1, 2010

    People who are sick or elderly have different food requirements than young, healthy people. They...

Tip of the week: Understanding the resident review process of the QIS

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 26, July 1, 2010

    The resident review looks at major care issues that will be targeted and whether important quality...

Trainer’s tip: Giving support to others

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 12, June 17, 2010

    The best way to promote healing when someone is grieving is to listen. We express feelings through...

Coping with death

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 12, June 17, 2010

    When a resident passes away, all of a professional caregiver’s energy goes into helping the...

Pain management

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Get the most out of quarterly care plan reviews

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 10, May 20, 2010

    During quarterly care plan reviews, evaluate each resident’s progress. Determine if the...

National Nursing Assistants Week

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 10, May 20, 2010

    The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants announced the theme for the 33rd annual National...

Trainer’s tip: Managing external bleeding

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 9, May 6, 2010

    Direct pressure (using a gloved hand and external padding) is the action of choice for external...

Providing care in a bleeding emergency

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 9, May 6, 2010

    Bleeding emergencies can be frightening, even for experience personnel. Bleeding is caused by an...

PPS Q&A

  • PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    We answer readers’ questions about conducting resident interviews under the MDS 3.0.

Caring for the Alzheimer's resident

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Understand seizure types

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 8, April 22, 2010

    The location of the abnormal electrical activity in the brain determines the type of seizure the...

Incidence and prevalence of seizures

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 8, April 22, 2010

    Seizures, epilepsy, and status epilepticus occur with increasing frequency in elderly adults...

Trainer’s tip: General restorative care for residents after hip surgery

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 7, April 8, 2010

    Residents who are admitted or readmitted following hip repair or replacement surgery may need...

The danger of hip fractures

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 7, April 8, 2010

    A hip fracture is a break of the proximal femur where it connects or angles into the hip socket...

Documentation

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Understanding physical restraints

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 6, March 25, 2010

    Physical restraints are defined as any manual method or physical or mechanical device, material, or...

Restraint reduction and elimination

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 6, March 25, 2010

    In recent years, a movement has been underway to eliminate the use of restraints in healthcare...

Trainer’s tip: Develop and follow a fall prevention care plan

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 5, March 11, 2010

    When developing a fall prevention care plan, consider all relevant factors for each resident...

Fall prevention for high risk residents

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 5, March 11, 2010

    Residents are at high risk of falls during their first week of admission because they are new to...

Short-stay resident activities

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Residents who may require I&O monitoring

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 3, February 11, 2010

    Intake and output (I&O) monitoring is a simple procedure that does not require a...

Intake and output monitoring

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 3, February 11, 2010

    You should monitor residents who have fluid imbalances or are at high risk of dehydration by...

Interview skills

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Take action to avoid polypharmacy complications

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 1, January 14, 2010

    There are a handful of measures nurses can take to avoid potential polypharmacy complications in...

The polypharmacy problem

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 1, January 14, 2010

    Polypharmacy is the use of multiple drugs simultaneously. This is a common occurrence in elderly...

H1N1 influenza virus

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Pressure ulcer terminology

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 27, December 31, 2009

    A pressure ulcer is any lesion caused by unrelieved pressure that results in damage to underlying...

Staging pressure ulcers

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 27, December 31, 2009

    Pressure ulcer staging is an assessment system that classifies pressure ulcers based on anatomic...

Trainer’s tip: Recognize stroke types and causes

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 26, December 17, 2009

    There are a variety of types of strokes, which can be triggered by unique causes.

The Cincinnati Pre-Hospital Stroke Scale

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 26, December 17, 2009

    The Cincinnati Pre-Hospital Stroke Scale is a sensitive, quick examination for stroke. This...

Trainer’s tip: Recognize the symptoms of hyponatremia and hypernatremia

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 25, December 3, 2009

    Residents with hyponatremia may be asymptomatic until the sodium level is well below normal. An...

Understanding hyponatremia and hypernatremia in dehydration

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 25, December 3, 2009

    Many elderly long-term care facility residents are found to be dehydrated with hypovolemia, or low...

CareTracker and AANAC accepting nominations for scholarship program

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 25, December 3, 2009

    The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) and CareTracker, a long-term care...

Cancer Care

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Promote an active lifestyle

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 24, November 19, 2009

    You are responsible for helping the people you take care of be as active, independent, and healthy...

The value of activities and exercise

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 24, November 19, 2009

    Activities and exercise are critical to the well-being of your residents. People who regularly...

Empathy is key in November, National Alzheimer’s Awareness month

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 44, November 12, 2009

    Empathy allows us to understand people suffering from dementia. Sometimes their way of expressing...

Tip of the week: Recognizing parasitic agents in long-term care facilities

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 43, November 5, 2009

    Illnesses are common in healthcare settings. Long-term care facilities are no different.

Trainer’s tip: Learn to differentiate types of mental illness

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 23, November 5, 2009

    Many different things can cause mental health problems. Sometimes mental disorders are genetic...

Abnormal thinking and mental health problems

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 23, November 5, 2009

    Mental health problems are common among the elderly, the chronically ill, and the disabled. Since...

Foot and nail health

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Observe residents for signs that may lead to malnutrition

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 21, October 8, 2009

    The body will begin to break down if it does not get the type and amount of fuel it needs...

Recognizing body changes that influence proper nutrition

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 21, October 8, 2009

    People who are sick or elderly have different food requirements than young, healthy people. They...

Customer service

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Customer service

Trainer’s tip: Always treat the resident with respect

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 20, September 24, 2009

    When offering behavioral treatment, it is important to remember that a resident with UI is not...

Handling the needs of residents suffering from incontinence

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 20, September 24, 2009

    Residents who cannot control when or where they urinate suffer from urinary incontinence, or UI...

Infection Control

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Giving support to others

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 18, August 27, 2009

    The best way to promote healing when someone is grieving is to listen. We express feelings through...

Coping with death

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 18, August 27, 2009

    When a resident passes away, all of a professional caregiver’s energies go into helping the...

Trainer's tip: Dealing with an angry resident

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 17, August 13, 2009

    If a resident becomes angry, there are multiple steps that CNAs are encouraged to take in order to...

Using effective communication practices

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 17, August 13, 2009

    Communication between staff and residents occurs in a variety of ways. Beyond speech and verbal...

ADLs

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer’s tip: Communicating with dementia residents

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 15, July 16, 2009

    Be open, friendly, and gentle at all times. Always address the resident by name to get...

Important things to remember about dementia

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 15, July 16, 2009

    Dementia is a mental disorder involving general loss of intellectual abilities and changes in...

Creating a safe environment for wandering

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 13, July 2, 2009

    Learn how you and your staff can create a safe environment for wandering at your facility.

Reasons for wandering

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 13, July 2, 2009

    Wandering usually has a purpose. It may be a form of communication when language skills are lost.

Hypoglycemia and how to respond

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 23, June 18, 2009

    Hypoglycemia means that the level of sugar in the blood is too low (less than 70). Too much insulin...

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 11, June 4, 2009

    Being a CNA is a stressful job and it's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress.

Tip of the week: Interview residents without bias

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 21, June 4, 2009

    One of the major advances of the MDS 3.0 is the use of direct interview items to capture the...

How to deal with stress

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 11, June 4, 2009

    It's important for a CNA to know when he or she is stressed and know how to deal with the physical...

Sleep disorders

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    CNA Training Advisor provides newsletter-style inservices containing valuable information and a...

Trainer's tip: Keep CNAs certified with reminders

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 10, May 21, 2009

    Keeping track of the number of hours each CNA has completed is important because the state...

Minimize stress and help nurses think critically

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 18, May 14, 2009

    Use these tips to minimize stress for new graduate nurses and improve their ability to think...

Look for signs to prevent dehydration

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 9, May 7, 2009

    Dehydration is a serious, sometimes fatal condition. It means there are not enough body fluids and...

Help learners retain knowledge

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 9, May 7, 2009

    One of your most important objectives in training is to ensure that your learners retain what they...

Trainer's tip: Handle disruptive learners

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 8, April 23, 2009

    You know the person in the classroom who always, somehow, disrupts the learning flow? Is there one...

Treating diabetes

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 8, April 23, 2009

    Diabetes is a disease that changes the way our bodies use food. It causes the level of sugar in the...

Identify ADL decline before your next survey

  • PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Identifying activities of daily living (ADL) decline early is the key to helping residents maintain...

Promoting exercise and activities

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 6, March 26, 2009

    CNAs can encourage residents to participate in activities and exercise in the following ways.

Activities and exercise

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 6, March 26, 2009

    Activities and exercise are critical to the well-being of your residents.

We want to hear your thoughts on CNA training

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 5, March 12, 2009

    At HCPro, we are dedicated to providing quality information that meets the needs of our readers...

Monitor at-risk residents to prevent permanent kidney damage

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 9, March 5, 2009

    Being aware of the resident’s risk factors, prevention of dehydration, and close monitoring...

Identify fall risks at admission

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 3, February 12, 2009

    Residents are at high risk of falls and other injuries during the first week of admission, when the...

Physical assessments: Adapt to elderly residents with these eight environmental modifications

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 1, January 15, 2009

    Physical assessment of elderly individuals can present many challenges. Over time, you will become...

Fire Safety

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    This issue of the CNA Training Advisor covers fire safety.

Hearing impairment

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    This issue of the CNA Training Advisor covers hearing impairment, the different types of hearing...

Managing wandering behavior

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 20, November 6, 2008

    Residents who wander can cause chaos in a long-term care facility. Other residents become angry and...

Supervising the wanderer

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    This issue of the CNA Training Advisor covers how to manage elopement and wandering behaviors in...

Mental and consciousness evaluation

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 19, October 23, 2008

    The resident’s level of consciousness and mental orientation are important indicators of...

Tip of the week: Take necessary steps to prevent resident suicide

  • Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, Issue 44, October 23, 2008

    Nursing home resident depression can lead to thoughts of dying, attempts at self harm, and, in some...

Nursing responsibilities for managing pain

  • LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, Issue 18, October 9, 2008

    The goal of pain management is to eliminate the cause of pain, provide analgesia, or both. Avoid...

Bathing resistant residents

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    This issue of the CNA Training Advisor covers how to handle resistant residents who do not want to...

Staying safe at work

  • CNA Training Advisor: Lesson Plans for Busy Staff Trainers, Issue 9, September 1, 2008

    This issue of the CNA Training Advisor covers how to stay safe when assisting residents, as well as...