Thursday, April 17, 2014

Poem

There are talented professionals
who dedicate themselves to the care of others…
from the constant attention to patient needs,
to the sensitivity of the human spirit.

We call these people nurses,
and little can truly repay them
for their countless deeds
except, perhaps, our Thanks!

- Anonymous -

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tired Feet? 5 Homemade Foot Soak Recipes

As nursing assistants, sometimes it feels like every shift is like running a marathon! My feet are killing me sometimes by the time I get home so that is why I'm posting some foot soak recipes to help out all those other tired tootsies out there!




Directions: Unless otherwise noted, mix together all ingredients thoroughly then store in an airtight container.
  • Use 2 to 3 tablespoons per gallon of water used.
Water temperature is at personal preference, but I find the hottest my feet will comfortably tolerate gives the most relief.



Basic
1 part Epsom salts
1 part Baking soda
drops of choice EO (optional)
Chamomile Tea: #2
4 bags chamomile tea
1/8 cup dried parsley
4 drops EO of choice
  • Steep in 1 gallon of hot water for 10 minutes before using.
#3
2 cups Kosher salt
1 cup Epsom salts
drops EO of choice (optional)
#4
1 1/4 cups Epsom salts
1 1/4 cups Kosher salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch
#5
1 cup lemon juice
3 TBS olive oil
1/4 cup milk


Single Ideas: (added to 1 gallon of water)
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 2 cups brewed coffee
Essential Oils To Try: peppermint, lavender, lemon, orange, eucalyptus, mint
Marbles or smooth river rocks can be added to the bottom of the basin to rub feet over while they’re soaking, quite soothing!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

How to Use Bedpans

The last time I went to work I had to correct 3 people on the direction of how a bedpan goes under a patient. So I thought I would post this helpful video on how to do this the right way :))

http://youtu.be/zWTANcRXT1Y

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Help With Lower Back Pain

The job of an LNA can take a toll on our backs. I have found that yoga can almost eliminate a lot of back aches.
One of my favorite poses is on the link. Enjoy!
http://www.ehow.com/video_7402142_yoga-cure-back-pain.html

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Back To Basics Handwashing

The WHO and the CDC recommend established best practices for hand hygiene. According to the WHO, there are five key moments when a healthcare worker should engage in hand hygiene:
- before touching the patient
- after touching a patient
- before touching an area of at risk of infection
- after body fluid exposure risk
- after touching the patient environment
Hand hygiene should also be practiced after touching wound dressings and before handling medication or preparing food. Hand hygiene is also needed before putting on gloves to insert an invasive device, such as a catheter. After removing sterile or non-sterile gloves, hand hygiene should also be practiced. The CDC says that bacteria linger on the hands of healthcare workers after they remove gloves. It is thought pathogens penetrate glove defects or hands get contaminated when healthcare workers remove their gloves. Depending on the procedure, hand hygiene is also recommended before wearing gloves.
Alcohol handrubs and soaps should not be used at the same time. Here is a review of the appropriate times for each:
Handwashing:
- Wash with soap and water after using the restroom, before eating and when hands are visibly contaminated. It is also recommended when multi-resistant spores are present. The mechanical friction of handwashing helps remove the spores and should be practiced in conjunction with wearing gloves. Medicated soap does make a difference in this case.
- Wash hands for 40 to 60 seconds and avoid hot water because it increases skin irritation
- Pat hands dry using paper towels or use hand driers to reduce the risk of recontamination. Patting hands dry reduces hand irritation. Hand dryers should dry hands quickly without aerosolizing pathogens.
- Use a paper towel to turn off the tap to avoid recontamination.
Alcohol-based handrub:
- Use alcohol-based handrubs for hand hygiene at every other hand hygiene opportunity when handwashing is not recommended.
- Use a palm full of alcohol handrub and cover hands completely. Rub hands until dry, this should last between 20 seconds to 40 seconds. If it takes less than 15 seconds you should use more of the product.

Donning and Removing PPE - Nursing Assistant Training Skill #8


CNA Skill # 1 Handwashing, Arizona Medical Training Institute, AMTI