Nursing Assistant Journal of Nursing

Enhancing Nursing Assistant Curriculum: Incorporating Strategies to Speak Up for Safety

Enhancing Nursing Assistant Curriculum: Incorporating Strategies to Speak Up for Safety

Tags: advocacy assertiveness communication nursing assistant patient safety

Nursing Assistants are non-licensed clinical staff who, despite being directly involved in patient care, may be reluctant to call out safety concerns because of their position within the clinical hierarchal structure. The current nursing assistant training curriculum provides basic instruction on communication and teamwork skills, however, does little to reinforce the importance of the nursing assistant’s role, or empower these staff to bring safety concerns forward. This reluctance to speak up may result in unaddressed safety issues and patient harm.

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Let’s Look Back, at TEAM Nursing!

Let’s Look Back, at TEAM Nursing!

Tags: nursing assistant patient care patient identification Team Nursing

Team nursing while working as a new nurse meant 3 sets of eyes on our patient load. The RN was required to start I.V.’s, take off doctors’ orders and administer I.V. push medication, but the RN was ENGAGED directly in patient care under this style of nursing! The nursing assistant and the RN worked side-by-side to provide outstanding care to the patient without the RN (myself, in this example), feeling chained to the medication cart and having the feeling that taking time out for patient care would make me late for a medication pass. Perhaps other nurses in my era didn’t appreciate this style of nursing care, but in more recent days, primary nursing is the paradigm.

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Weighing In On a Decade-old Subject

Weighing In On a Decade-old Subject

Tags: cardiac cardiac telemetry unit Code Blue nursing assistant opinion response

This writing addresses a subject of great interest to me. I unearthed an article written in 2011, by Ms. Tamekia L. Thomas, MSN, RN, PCCN, as per the time of a publication article dated Spring 2011: “Who’s Watching the Cardiac Monitor? Does it Matter?” (Nursing: Spring 2011- Volume 41) A quick background in my interest, is that I have recently retired after graduating as a registered nurse in 1988. One of the greatest joys of my nursing work, aside from the obvious patient contact and, hoping to make a difference to my patients’ experience, was working in telemetry. In several job locations, I worked telemetry intermittently, when assigned, though other duties notwithstanding.

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The Art of Human Caring: My Lived Experience

The Art of Human Caring: My Lived Experience

Tags: Authentic leadership balance caring Caring Behaviors caring in nursing experiences nursing assistant working together

I have spent nearly four decades in healthcare and have learned that if you want to be the best healthcare professional possible, finding balance is critical. Here I share my personal journey into nursing and leadership and the valuable lessons learned along the way. The truth is, they are just as valuable today as they were back then.

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Pressure Ulcers Management 

Pressure Ulcers Management 

Tags: complication health management nurse nursing assistant nurtrition pressure ulcer risk factors skin wound care

Pressure ulcers are a major complication associated with the loss of mobility, activity, increased moisture, poor nutrition, friction, shear, and altered sensory perception. They are caused by unrelieved compression of the blood vessels and tissues resulting in the lymphatic system not filtering waste products.

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UN Noticed 

UN Noticed 

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It takes more than the knowledge of degrees can provide. It takes the UN noticed hero, our nursing assistant.

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