Learn the basics of bedside patient care in the classroom and hospital settings.
The Certified Nursing Assistant Program will present the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of the federal and state requirements. Participants who successfully complete the course will meet criteria to sit for the state certification examination. The course contains 60 hours of classroom time with 40 hours supervised clinical time to follow. Evening an ddaytime courses are offered.
How Do I Apply?
You may apply for the course by completing the application process online. Select the state for CNA Course information in which you wish to participate. A link to the application will be provided.
Course Goals & Objectives
- Safely provide basic hygiene and personal care needs of long term care and hospitalized patients.
- Demonstrate safe effective infection control practices with particular attention to the diseases of AIDS and Bloodborne Pathogens.
- Demonstrates competency in assisting the patient/resident in elimination activities being mindful to provide for patient/resident dignity.
- Discuss role of CNA in skin care activities with special focus on the prevention of integumentary breakdown.
- Competently perform vital signs and distinguish normal and abnormal.
- Demonstrate knowledge of pain being the 5th vital sign and discuss different pain management techniques and the importance of effectively controlling pain.
- Prevent injury by utilizing proper body mechanics in all work activities with emphasis on safely moving and positioning residents/patients.
- Properly demonstrate care and use of assistive, orthotic and prosthetic devices.
- Define the role of the CNA and demonstrate specific performance skills in a safe and organized manner, providing competent care associated with the CNA scope and standards of care as part of the multi-disciplinary team.
- Document in clinical record, describing accurately specific tasks performed with patient response.
- Describe functions associated with each of the following systems in regard to disease management and the aging process: Integumentary, Musculoskeletal, Digestive, Cardiovascular, Urinary, and Nervous systems.
- Identify importance of Nutrition, demonstrating proper feeding techniques and incorporating strategies for promoting good dietary health.
- Demonstrate care of the terminally ill patient and learn techniques used to better understand and respond to the dying process.
- Discuss care of the pre and post-operative patient.
- Demonstrate the CNA’s role in assisting to making the admission, transfer and discharge process a smooth transition for the patient/resident and care team.
- Communicate and effectively manage conflict with staff, patient, patient’s family, and visitors.
- Discuss patient’s rights, demonstrating the understanding of the uniqueness of the individual in regard to physical, cultural and psychological traits.
- Provide care that fosters promoting quality of life to the highest level attainable for the patient/resident.
- Attain AHA certification, including understanding and skills demonstration of CPR and FBAO for adults, pediatrics and infants.
- Validate understanding of basic medical terminology and common medical abbreviations.
- Verbalize knowledge of emergency codes and the CNA’s response to these codes in providing for patient/resident safety.
- List and define the roles of the interdisciplinary team.
- Describe a long term care facility and discuss the reasons why people are admitted to long term care.
- Verbalize understanding of patient/resident individuality; including defining values, cultural, and ethnical diversity
- Participate in loving care and explain the importance of the family and their impact in caring for the patient/resident.
- Incorporate positive effective communication techniques while coordinating the care of the resident.
- Identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and care giver strain and discuss the importance of following correct procedures in reporting.
- Discuss patient safety issues and provide examples of alternatives to the use of restraints.
- Competently provide care for the cognitively impaired resident by seeking to understand behavior and responding appropriately with care methods that reduce effects of impairment.
For more information email CNAProgram@msha.com.
There is no charge for the class itself; however you will be required to purchase:
- Books ($50.00)
- State Testing Fee ($90.00)
- CPR Card ($7.00) – Class will be offered during classroom hours with fee payable at time of class
- Personal Liability Insurance ($36.75) – Instructions to obtain will be provided during the enrollment process
- Background Check ($42.00) – Instructions to obtain will be provided during the enrollment process
Books and State Testing fees must be paid to MSHA via online payment prior to the first day of class after you have received acceptance into class.