Nursing Assistants

Report: Nearly 20% of SNF nursing assistants live below poverty line

Report: Nearly 20% of SNF nursing assistants live below poverty line

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Close to 20% of nursing home assistants are living below the federal poverty line, a result of low wages and part-time positions, according to a new report.

Nurses, assistants most injury prone in healthcare: CDC

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Healthcare jobs have long been among the riskiest, most dangerous and injury-prone occupations around. Nurses and nurse assistants are the unluckiest among them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Unpredictable schedules take a toll on nursing home workers, UMass authors say in new book

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Even at nursing homes with stable staffing and occupancy, a large percentage of workers struggle with highly unpredictable schedules, according to findings in a newly published book from researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Involving nursing assistants with decisions may result in higher quality, study finds

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Empowering nursing assistants and family members of nursing home residents in decision-making results improved service, a new study finds.

 Self-esteem, the universe, and checks and balances for all of us

Self-esteem, the universe, and checks and balances for all of us

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I have always been a person who never just dips a toe in the water. I jump in whole hog! Most of the time it works very well for me. I've been this way as long as I can remember.

Nursing assistants most vulnerable to C. diff contamination on hands, research shows

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Healthcare workers frequently have Clostridium difficile spores on their hands after providing routine care for an infected person, and nursing assistants have by far the highest incidence of contamination, according to recently published research from France.

Flex bathing for all

Flex bathing for all

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Most long-term care nursing assistants would agree that giving residents baths or showers is one of the most difficult aspects of caregiving. It also can be tough on residents, particularly those with dementia — who may become combative during the bathing process — as well as those who are obese, inflexible or fragile, who might find the whole experience exhausting.

How to do it ... Multidisciplinary wound care teams

Research supported by general industry consensus shows successful wound care management in long-term care cannot be achieved by a singular effort. Building highly effective and functional teams means taking a well-designed, multidisciplinary approach, backed by solid leadership and smooth collaboration. Here's how to do it.

Demand for CNAs and nursing aides to balloon by 2025, report finds

Demand for CNAs and nursing aides to balloon by 2025, report finds

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The number healthcare support professionals — a category that includes long-term care aides and assistants — is expected to grow faster than any other group of healthcare workers, a new report estimates.

Direct caregivers will make up nation's largest workforce by 2020, analysis predicts

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Direct care workers, a group that includes nursing assistants, home health aides and personal care aides, are expected to comprise the United States' largest workforce by 2020, according to a new analysis.

Quite a year for nursing assistants

Quite a year for nursing assistants

The Nursing Assistant of the Year Scholarship Program has announced that 2012 calendars featuring the winners, finalists and runners-up of the 2011 program have been completed. The contest is sponsored by Cerner Extended Care and the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination. Each month reveals a nursing assistant who played a helpful role in the lives of residents under his or her care. The free calendars are available online.

Nursing assistants get jail time for greasing residents in prank

Two nursing assistants have been sentenced to 20 days in a county jail and two years of probation for covering elderly residents in slippery ointment at their California facility.