CNA Training Program-Certified Nurse Aide-Indianapolis, IN
Become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
The Certified Nursing Aide Program provides the current fundamental knowledge and skills for nursing and other related health care professions, including AHA Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (CPR). It is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Indiana State Certification Exam for CNAs and for employment in hospital, nursing facilities and long-term care settings. Students will be taught how the nurse aide is an ever-increasingly valuable career based on ethical health care principles that respect the client.
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- $250.00 non-refundable registration fee required to reserve your place in class. Registration is first come, first served.
- After the registration fee is satisfied, $549 will be owed for tuition.
- In-house payment plan is available, details are available at orientation, or by calling our office at 317-786-7260.
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- AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider Certification Included
- Textbook, Workbook and all study material included
- Gait Belt Included
- Physical and two step TB (mantoux) test, $75 State test fee, uniform (navy blue scrubs) and limited history criminal background check are not included in the course fee.
- 5 Week Evening/Weekend Course
- Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 5:30pm-9:30pm, Clinicals 7am-5pm Saturday and Sunday (clinicals start 2nd weekend of class).
- Bring your state ID and social security card with you, these are required by the Indiana State Department of Health.
- You may dress in casual attire for orientation.
There is an urgent need for dependable bedside nursing care. Hospitals, home health care, and long-term care facilities are in constant need of certified nursing aides or assistants (CNAs). A CNA is a valuable member of the health care team, and is predicted to be one of the fastest growing careers in upcoming years.
RESQ Health & Safety Training CNA Program Information:
Class Text & Workbook:
- Hartman’s Nursing Assistant Care: The Basics 3rd Edition
- Textbook and workbook are included in the course fee
Equipment and Supplies Preferred:
Internet and email access for valuable supplementary class materials/practice would be beneficial.
- Sleeves of garments worn under scrub tops must be at least short sleeved NO sleeveless tops.
- Hems of garments worn under scrubs should not show. Scrubs are to fit and be worn appropriately.
- Sizing should conform to the body so it doesn’t snag on equipment.
- No pants are to be worn sagging down below the waist line.
- Shoes must be closed-toe and heel. No backless shoes or backless clogs. Shoes and socks must be unornamented and primarily white.
- Students should be well groomed.
- Hair should be tied back for safety and worn above the collar. Long hair should be pinned up above the collar. Beards or mustaches must be closely trimmed.
- Fingernails should be neatly trimmed and clean. Nail polish, if used, should be a neutral color (clear is preferred).
- Heavy perfume and heavy make-up should not be worn, as it might create difficulty for others who are sensitive to fragrances to breathe.
- No elaborate or large jewelry or accessories, only small post-style earrings allowed. Heavy neck chains, necklaces, bracelets, or large rings should not be worn with a uniform.
- No headgear, hats, caps, neck scarves, wristbands or gloves. Outer garments: sweaters and jackets for warmth are allowed in the classroom.
- See instructor for further details.
- First tardiness – The student will receive a verbal warning.
- Second tardiness – The student will receive a written warning.
- Third tardiness – The student will be dismissed from the CNA program. (NO tuition refund will be issued.)
- Students are expected to attend all classroom and clinical instruction. Students must be on time and stay for the entire class session. If you know you will be tardy/absent, you must receive prior approval from the RESQ Director.
No student is allowed to miss any clinical dates. If you fail to attend ANY scheduled clinical training period, you will not be eligible to take the state exam. You may, at the discretion of the Program Director, be placed in the next available CNA course so that you can complete all of the course requirements.
Guidelines for Success
For the state exam: review the material daily and ask questions while completing the course up until the time of the state exam. Know all the vocabulary and skills specified in the Indiana CNA Handbook. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE the skills according to the Indiana CNA Handbook. Study the supplementary materials and practice games and questions. Do all activities for all chapters, including:
- Reading all chapters
- Completing the workbook (Daily check offs of material covered)
- Reviewing objectives and content outlines: being able to demonstrate knowledge and skills according to these
- Reviewing slide presentations
- Communicating with instructors as needed regarding progress and participation in Chapter Topics as directed.
- Chapter Reviews (Feedback results for student regarding their knowledge acquisition prior to taking Chapter Tests)
- Chapter Tests REQUIRED (Feedback for the instructor and proof of attendance and participation). Aim for 90-100% scores.
- Researching and asking questions to assure absolute understanding
- Attending, being on-time and appropriately dressed for “on-site” activities
- Following all on-site facility rules
- Laboratory Skills Demonstration: knowing the general and specific expectations for all procedures and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE so expectations will be met in the clinical experience and the state exam
- Clinical Grading Criteria: knowing performance expectations and performing accordingly
Additional Useful Information
In the United States, a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA), Patient Care Assistant (PCA), State Tested Nurse Aid (STNA) or Nursing Assistant-Registered (NA/R) is a person who assists individuals with healthcare needs (often called “patients”, “clients”, “service users”) with activities of daily living (ADLs) and provide bedside care—including basic nursing procedures—all under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) (Meyer). Activities of daily living (ADLs) are “the things we normally do in daily living including any daily activity we perform for self-care (such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming), work, homemaking, and leisure.”  A number of national surveys collect data on the ADL status of the U.S. population.  Health professionals routinely refer to the ability or inability to perform ADLs as a measurement of the functional status of a person. This measurement is useful for assessing the elderly, the mentally ill, those with chronic diseases, and others, in order to evaluate what type of health care services an individual may need. There are several evaluation tools, such as the Katz ADL scale and the Lawton IADL scale. Most models of health care service use ADL evaluations in their practice, including the medical (or institutional) models, such as the Roper-Logan-Tierney model of nursing, and resident-centered models, such as the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
Certified Nursing Assistant Skills Learned
It is the job of the entire health care team to make sure that a patient’s rights are always adhered to. These include, but are not limited to, the right to privacy and dignity while care is being given, the right to be informed of their care plan, the right to be included when making their care plan, the right to accept or refuse treatment, and the right to confidentiality of their patient information.
Proper hand washing is an important part of nurse assisting. It is the first step in preventing the spread of germs. Hand washing must be performed both before and after contact with a patient. Hands that do not appear soiled can still spread disease. It is important to wash hands even when using gloves as they do not provide an absolute barrier to the transmission of disease.Gloves should be worn as needed, such as when exposure to bodily fluids is likely, when any care is given, or when the patient is infected with a pathogen that is spread by direct contact (such as MRSA).
Ambulation assistance is a set of techniques for helping patients to walk. One example is the use of a gait belt or transfer belt for patients who cannot stand on their own. The gait belt is put around the patient’s waist and enables the assistant to lift the patient safely without straining his or her back. It can be used to help patients get in and out of bed, get up from a chair, or enter a walker. Walkers help the elderly get exercise. Many elderly patients cannot walk on their own due to osteoporosis or other conditions. Exercise promotes movement, helps with circulation, helps the patient heal faster, be in better health, and ultimately have a longer, happier life.
Applying Antiembolic Stockings
An antiembolic stocking is a device that is used on patients under observation for (or at risk for) circulation problems. It is a high sock which applies pressure on the legs to prevent blood clots. It may also have a hole on the top or bottom of the foot for comfort, and easy access to the feet, so that the nurse assistant doesn’t need to remove the sock every two hours to check circulation.
Bedpan Use and Output Measurement
A bedpan is a device that is placed under patients who are unable to get up and use a bedside toilet or go to the restroom. It is used to catch all of the urine and feces. The patient must be properly wiped and cleansed after elimination to prevent infection. The color, odor, consistency, and amount of urine is often measured and recorded. If a bowel movement has taken place, that is noted along with any significant characteristics of the stool.
Denture and mouth care is very important in providing proper hygiene for patients. Teeth must be cleaned in the morning and after each meal. This will help prevent tooth decay or gum conditions that could lead to tooth loss. When providing oral care, it is important to check the patient’s teeth, lips, mouth, and tongue for bleeding and discoloration, sores, odor, cracking, or coating, and to report unexpected observations to the nurse immediately.
For the dependent patient, dressing is not an easy task. In fact it is very difficult and needs to be done properly. The best way to ensure that it is done right is to dress the weak side first so that the patient can help with their strong side, and to undress the strong side first so they can help undress the weak side as much as possible.
Patients must not be over-assisted in feeding or they may stop helping themselves. Assistance should be confined to those parts of the task they cannot accomplish for themselves. For example, a patient who cannot load a spoon but is capable of conveying it to their mouth should be assisted only in loading the spoon. They should convey it to their mouth themself, even if it would be faster for the assistant to do this for them.
Providing hair care will help patients feel good about themselves. Long-term care facilities may have a salon where residents can have their hair done once a week just as they would at home. Hair must be maintained every day as well. Hair should be brushed from roots to ends, and care should be taken to avoid irritating the patient’s scalp.
Bedmaking as practiced by a nurse assistant is a skilled task that must be performed precisely. The bed must be wrinkle-free to prevent bedsores, which not only cause discomfort to the patient but can cause serious health problems, and the open end of the pillow case must be facing away from the door to prevent an infection control issue. There are specific bedmaking techniques for use when a bed is occupied by a patient.
Nail care is important to ensure that bacteria do not enter the nail bed and cause serious infections in elderly patients. It is helpful to soak nails for at least five minutes to help loosen dirt and germs that are lodged in nail beds.
Due to lack of staff, patients may only get a full bath once or twice a week; on other days, patients get bedbaths. This involves cleaning the underarms, torso, and perineal areas.
Fresh ice water should be offered frequently (at least once every 8 hours) to promote hydration. It is important to encourage drinking, because it is not unusual for elderly patients to be unaware of thirst and thus be easily subject to dehydration.
Positioning refers to a set of techniques for changing the posture of a bedridden person in order to avoid health problems such as bedsores. Many states require that bedridden persons be checked and repositioned at intervals of two hours or less.
If not exercised, joints gradually lose their ability to move. Nurse assistants must be able to assist patients in performing a series of range-of-motion exercises that flex the joints of their arms, wrists, legs, fingers, hips, and feet. This aids circulation, prevents arthritis and stiffness, and speeds recovery from such conditions as strokes, seizures, and falls.
Vital signs (such as the patient’s temperature, respiration, blood pressure, pulse, and level of pain) are often taken and recorded at least once a day depending on the physician’s order. Increasing temperature can indicate infection or other disorder, while decreasing temperature can indicate shock or decreased cardiac output; increasing blood pressure may require medical treatment and special diets while decreasing blood pressure may indicate shock or hemorrhage; and irregular, weak, fast, or slow pulse can indicate heart problems. If a patient’s vital signs have changed significantly within a short period of time, a double check for accuracy may be warranted. Any unusual findings should be brought to the attention of a supervising nurse or doctor.
DO NO HARM! RESIDENT SAFETY FIRST!
Never do anything you are not sure of in the clinical setting.
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