Have You Recognized This Key Member of the Care Team?

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are important members of the long-term care team. However, sometimes they aren’t appreciated or recognized enough for the work that they do. This blog will discuss the impact of CNAs and how their role is crucial as the work alongside nurses, as well as some ways …

Need Behavioral Health Training Help? Check Out the COE-NF

The Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities (COE-NF), which opened its online doors in December 2022 thanks to a three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a centralized hub where any Medicare- or Medicaid-certified nursing home can access trainings, tools, and …

Q&A: Are there specific requirements for CNA documentation?

Question: Are there specific requirements for CNA documentation? Answer from Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, CPHQ, DNS-MT, QCP-MT: Although Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual (SOM) includes numerous references to documentation, it does not specify what role is responsible for that documentation. There may be requirements specific to your state, so …

Basics of Emergency Care for Medical Emergencies – Nursing Assistant In-service Education

Participants will learn to identify the risks for medical emergencies for skilled nursing facility residents and select basic actions to follow when a medical emergency occurs. Download now. For permission to use or reproduce this tool in full or in part, please complete a permissions form. 

Stay Alert for Hypoglycemia – Nursing Assistant In-service Education

Participants will learn what diabetes is, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, and what certified nurse aides (CNAs) should do when they see a resident might be experiencing hypoglycemia. Download now. For permission to use or reproduce this tool in full or in part, please complete a permissions …

Dining Safety – Nursing Assistant In-service Education

Participants will learn to understand why dining is an important activity, know at least three factors that make residents high risk for aspiration, describe first aid measures for choking and burns, and discuss at least five ways to promote dining safety. Download now. For permission to use or reproduce this …

CNA Longevity Part 2: Money Isn’t a Cure-All—Management Style Matters

Editor’s note: In this two-part series, this article covers management techniques that can help directors of nursing services (DNSs) and other members of the administrative team improve long-term certified nursing assistant (CNA) retention. The first article addresses operational flexibilities that can boost CNA longevity. Providing CNAs with a livable wage …

Communicating With Residents With Dementia – Nursing Assistant In-service Education

Participants will learn to describe the ways that dementia can affect communication and identify different measures that can assist in effectively communicating with residents who have dementia. Download now. For permission to use or reproduce this tool in full or in part, please complete a permissions form.