2019 CNA Appreciation Week is Coming…

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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Appreciation Week, also known as National Nurses Assistant Week, is a week-long observation that has been in existence since 1977. Traditionally, CNA Appreciation Week begins on the second Thursday of the second full week of June on a yearly basis. Also, CNA Appreciation Week is quickly approaching. This year, CNA Appreciation Week begins on June 13th and continues through the end of the day on June 20th.

The point of CNA Appreciation Week is to recognize the hard work, contributions, indispensability and positive impact that nursing assistants give to the healthcare industry. Many nurse aides work their magic without recognition. It has been said that CNAs are the tried and true backbones of the healthcare system in the US and around the world. Without the beneficial contributions that CNAs regularly make, the realm of direct patient care just would not be the same.

Therefore, employers, managers and others who routinely deal with CNAs should spend the next week giving the warmest thanks for all the unsung efforts and dedicated work during this unique time of the year. In addition, healthcare companies and facilities that utilize CNAs should express their profound gratitude by providing catered meals, gift bags, donuts, pastries, special tee shirts, chair massages, and other cool goodies that clearly convey “thank you” for a job well done.

Members of the general public can also display their genuine gratitude for all the wondrous things that nursing assistants do during National Nurses Assistant Week 2019. Here are some heartfelt actions that regular lay people can take to observe CNA Appreciation Week.

  1. Use the #NursingAssistantsWeek hashtag when posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other popular social media sharing platforms.
  2. Show some gratitude to the nursing assistants at local healthcare facilities with a greeting card or gift cards to a local restaurant or coffee shop.
  3. Encourage a young person or unemployed /underemployed person to enter the healthcare field by training to become a nursing assistant.
  4. Create a handmade poster comprised of “thank you” notes from friends, strangers, family members, neighbors, non-nursing coworkers and members of staff.

Train to become a nursing assistant (CNA) in only two short weeks in the DFW area of Texas at Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School! Call (682)626-5266 and jump-start your legacy today.

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In other words, the month of June is the perfect time of the year to show unwavering support for the millions of unfortunate sufferers globally who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. The month of June is also a prime time to acknowledge caregivers for the diligent work they do behind the scenes for those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

According to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (2019), dementia is a general term that describes any disease process that causes changes in memory skills and/or thinking skills that is severe enough to impair an individual’s daily functioning. Some aspects of daily functioning that can be profoundly affected by dementia include routine tasks such as driving, grocery shopping, managing household finances, maintaining employment, communication, and so forth.

In addition, multiple types of dementia are in existence. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s dementia, better known as Alzheimer’s disease.  The part of the brain that contributes to the formation of new memories tends to be affected very early on in the Alzheimer’s dementia disease process, and this is one of the reasons why short-term memory loss is normally one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s (UCSF Memory and Aging Center, 2019).

Since June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, what can people do to show their support for the millions of persons who suffer with dementia, as well as their brave caregivers? There are a number of actions people can take during the month of June to show support and spread awareness regarding the truly devastating Alzheimer’s disease epidemic. Some ideas to display steadfast support for dementia sufferers and their devoted caregivers have been listed below.

  1. Wear purple to show support for the themes and purpose that revolve around Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Purple is the official color.
  2. Offer to volunteer at a memory care center or nursing home that specializes in dementia and memory care issues. These residents often enjoy volunteers.
  3. Utilize the hashtags #EndAlzheimers and #EndAlz on social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to spread awareness.
  4. Participate in a walk to end Alzheimer’s disease. These walks are organized and held in more than six hundred communities across the United States yearly.
  5. Discuss preventive and protective techniques. Measures such as regular exercise, healthy eating, low alcohol intake, ample rest, maintenance of good sleep/wake cycles, stress reduction, and social engagement are all excellent ways to potentially prevent Alzheimer’s disease and practice self care at the same time.
  6. Do not forget about the myriad of other health problems that have a detrimental impact on the brain. Illnesses that can negatively affect the brain, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, need to be treated if present (UCSF Memory and Aging Center, 2019).

REFERENCES

UCSF Memory and Aging Center. (2019). Dementia & the Brain. Retrieved June 9, 2019, from https://memory.ucsf.edu/dementia-brain

Do you want an invigorating career as a paid, professional caregiver? Think about becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Legacy Healthcare Careers offers two-week CNA training programs at their Mid Cities area school. Job placement assistance is available, so call (682)626-5266 to enroll.

Choosing a Healthcare Career

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Let’s face it: the choices we make tend to play an integral role in our day to day lives. Also, no one can deny that some choices definitely carry more long-term significance than others. For instance, the choice to have turkey bacon and lightly scrambled eggs for breakfast has less long-term fallout than the decision to obtain higher learning or job training. In other words, some of the choices we make can have a profound impact on our outcomes in life.

An individual should always proceed with caution when making decisions. In addition, important lessons can be gleaned from each choice that an individual has made. One choice that many people make is the option to train or retrain for a new career. Many questions arise that revolve around this monumental decision. Why do I want a new career? Which career path do I choose? Which school do I attend? How much will this cost? How will this decision affect the people around me?

Career training might not be a matter that requires decision-making on a daily basis for most people. Nonetheless, multiple aspects exist that contribute to the choices we make with regards to our jobs and/or careers. The choice to enter a certain field or industry can lead to either a lifetime of rewards or many years of major headaches. Since most people spend approximately one-third of their lives on the job, it is crucial to work in a field that is enjoyable and stable.

In general, the majority of individuals cannot go wrong by choosing to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Jobs in the healthcare field are plentiful and offer perks such as steady pay, career mobility, educational progression, and opportunities to advance. For example, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) can return to school to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or physician (MD). Thus, the choice to enter the healthcare field to become a CNA is extremely wise.

By examining the variety of healthcare career choices that can be made and paying close attention to the benefits and drawbacks associated with each, the major task of making a final decision on medical field job training can become a much more informed process. The potential lessons a person can learn by making deliberate career training choices often plays an enormous part in how future encounters will be managed in relation to the employment marketplace. Choose wisely!

To obtain a healthcare career as a nursing assistant in just two short weeks in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex, call Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School at (682)626-5266.

Day & Evening Nursing Assistant (CNA) Classes in the Mid-Cities Area

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Legacy Healthcare Careers is a small family-owned vocational school that has multiple affordable 2-week nursing assistant (CNA) training classes at a conveniently located campus between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The next 2-week CNA training classes begin on Monday July 8th with a scheduled graduation day of July 22nd. In addition, more CNA training classes will start on Monday July 29th.

It does not end there. More CNA training classes will start in August 2019. Place a call to either (682)626-5266 or (682)313-6404 to ask about registering for CNA classes near Dallas and Fort Worth using the school’s hassle-free enrollment process. Minor criminal records are acceptable and applicants do not need a high school diploma or GED to enroll for CNA classes. 16 years old is the minimum age to enroll.

Visit the school’s website http://www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com to submit an online application to get the enrollment process started or, if you prefer, feel free to call the school’s 24-hour line at (682)313-6404. Legacy Healthcare Careers’ very friendly instructors are standing by to answer questions and address concerns about the nurse aide training course offerings at the school.

What does Legacy Healthcare Careers have to offer current and potential students? The school has convenient day and evening classes, as well as the ability to allow students to graduate in just two weeks. The all-inclusive tuition includes textbooks, a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, transfer belt, skills video access, clinical externship, and so much more. Job placement assistance and other services are made available to all graduates.

Legacy Healthcare Careers CNA School is located at 7100 Boulevard 26, Suite 205, Richland Hills TX 76180. The 24-hour hotline is (682)313-6404 and the school’s office line is (682)626-5266. Jump-start your legacy today to ensure a fulfilling healthcare career tomorrow.

CNA Class Open Enrollment Event Thursday June 6 From 2:00 to 5:00pm

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An Open Enrollment event for two-week CNA classes will take place on Thursday June 6, 2019 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Legacy Healthcare Careers. The school’s address is 7100 Boulevard 26, Suite 205, Richland Hills TX 76180. Please call Ms. Kee at (682)626-5266 to RSVP and confirm you will be attending.

The next CNA classes will start on Tuesday June 11th with a graduation date of June 25th. Also, another round of CNA classes will start on Monday July 8th with a graduation date of July 22nd. Legacy Healthcare Careers offers both daytime and evening classes to fit into the busy schedules and lifestyles of potential students. In addition, job placement assistance and aftercare services are offered to all graduates.

In order to enroll, potential students will need to bring a picture ID, social security card and a $200 down payment to reserve a seat in one of the upcoming CNA training programs. Call (682)626-5266 or (682)313-6404 for any questions regarding our CNA classes in the Dallas /Fort Worth metro area.

The Top Five Abilities Needed For a Career in Healthcare

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Many people know that healthcare is an enormous industry in the US as well as around the world. This essentially means that healthcare is home to a large number of job openings that must be filled with qualified candidates on a regular basis. Also, most of these jobs come with advantages such as steady income, benefits, flexible work schedules, great colleagues, and a refreshing sense of fulfillment that most people can only achieve from providing assistance to others in need.

Therefore, the healthcare and medical fields have the potential to offer lucrative job opportunities to masses of people on a tremendously massive scale. In addition, the majority of people will always require healthcare and medical services throughout the length of their lifespans. This is true with or without regard to peoples’ health statuses. Still, several defined abilities exist that persons would be wise to learn if they are seriously thinking about joining the ranks of the healthcare sector.

The following list contains some descriptions of the specific abilities that people need in order to succeed in healthcare and the medical field on a long term basis. Smart readers will soon recognize a very noteworthy pattern: none of these abilities are hands-on procedural skills. This is because a worker can be outstanding in the realm of performing medical procedures and, at the same time, act in an utterly horrid manner toward the same patients who need those procedures.

The Top Five Abilities People Need For a Career in the Healthcare Industry

  1. Problem Sensitivity is the ability of an individual to determine when something is wrong or is highly likely to go wrong. This ability does not have anything to do with actually working toward resolution of the problem. Rather, problem sensitivity only deals with accurate recognition of actual and potential problems. An example of a healthcare worker displaying problem sensitivity is a nursing assistant who recognizes that something might go terribly wrong when he sees a confused patient trying to pull out her IV line.
  2. Deductive Reasoning is the ability to move from generalizations to specifics in order to formulate solutions and solve problems in the workplace. For instance, a nurse might have generalized that people with good cardiovascular health work out routinely. The nurse then meets a 90-year-old lady in good cardiovascular health before using deducting reasoning to come up with the specific conclusion that this elder probably exercises routinely. The nurse uses deductive reasoning to design a fitness initiative in her community hospital.
  3. Inductive Reasoning is the ability to assemble specific bits of data and information to formulate general conclusions about occurrences in the workplace. An example of someone in the medical field using inductive reasoning is a clinic manager who notices that a certain medical assistant always arrives to work at 8:30am. This particular medical assistant is never late to work. The clinic manager comes up with the general conclusion that if the medical assistant continues to arrive at work at 8:30am, she will never be late to the workplace.
  4. Adaptability refers to one’s ability to deal with change, approach different situations as they arise, and work either alone or with other people as part of a team. The ability to adapt is a notably broad trait that most employers prefer workers to possess. In essence, adaptability is the ability to manage workplace changes and respond in a beneficial manner. Since the healthcare field is constantly evolving, healthcare workers must have the ability to adapt to changes.
  5. Prioritization is the ability of a person to properly rearrange workplace activities in order of importance relative to each other. In the context of the medical field, the ability to prioritize is crucial in clinical workplace settings that call upon workers to multitask. In these workplace environments, healthcare workers must juggle various priorities and figure out which tasks are most important during each workday. For instance, one patient’s complaint of chest pain must be prioritized over another patient’s request for pancake syrup.

Join the ranks of the healthcare field in just two weeks at Legacy Healthcare Careers by completing the two-week CNA training program. Call (682)626-5266 to enroll.

The Top Skills Needed to Work in the Healthcare Field

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Healthcare is a huge, vast industry in the United States. In other words, the healthcare industry is bursting at the seams with plenty of job openings that need to be filled. Furthermore, the majority of these positions come with perks such as steady pay, fringe benefits, flexible shifts, cool coworkers, excitement, and an invigorating sense of purpose that can only be derived from giving of oneself to help other people make it through their days with big smiles.

In essence, the healthcare field has the capacity to provide extremely good employment opportunities to millions of people in the United States because it is so very enormous. Many people in this country require direct care and other indirect services related to healthcare. Nonetheless, there are a number of top skills that people should either possess or work hard to develop if they are considering a healthcare career.

The following is a list and description of the general skills that are needed in order to be successful in the healthcare industry on a long-term basis. Astute readers should take note that none of these are hands-on procedural skills. After all, a person can be excellent when it comes to performing medical procedures while being totally awful to the people who require those same procedures to be performed on them.

The Top Five Skills Individuals Need For a Career in the Healthcare Industry

  1. Service orientation is a skill that is totally necessary to survive as a healthcare worker on a long-term basis. Service orientation is defined as a mindset that calls upon a person to actively seek ways to provide assistance (a.k.a. service) to others. A major aspect of working in the healthcare field is ensuring the provision of assistance to patients, their families and others. In a nutshell, healthcare workers deliver services to people.
  2. Communication skills are absolutely imperative for working in the healthcare field. Communication skills include verbal communication, which is the act of speaking and voicing things to other people to get one’s points and information across in an effective manner. Communication skills also involve nonverbal communication, which is the act of using body language, gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, shrugging, eye movement and posture to convey messages.
  3. Observation is the skill of paying attention to and analyzing the behaviors of oneself and others with the ultimate goal of improving or making corrections as needed. Healthcare workers must continually observe their own actions; also, they observe patients, coworkers, supervisors, families, vendors, visitors and an array of other people. Thus, healthcare workers need to have a keen sense of observation.
  4. Active listening skills are very important to have in the healthcare industry. Active listening skills are the series of deliberate actions people take so they will be able to devote complete attention to what other persons are saying. Some examples of active listening skills include taking the time to comprehend the points individuals are attempting to make, questioning others as needed to gain more clarity, and not interrupting conversations at improper times.
  5. Social awareness is crucial when dealing with people as a healthcare worker. Social awareness can be defined as the skill of comprehending and appropriately responding to the reactions of others and their interpersonal struggles, as well as knowing why they may be reacting in that manner. A socially aware healthcare worker remains fully aware of his or her surroundings and correctly interprets the emotions and actions of the multitude of persons that he or she has met.

If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, get a healthcare career in as quickly as two weeks at Legacy Healthcare Careers. Train to become a nursing assistant (CNA). Call (682)626-5266 to register for CNA classes at our state-approved school.

Texas CNA Skills (Part Eighteen): Skills That Are Not Performed on Other Live People at the CNA State Test

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Candidates and test takers who have completed a nurse aide training program must attain a passing score on the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program exam, more commonly known as the CNA state test, in order to receive state certification as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Texas. The CNA state test consists of two parts: a written section with 70 multiple choice questions as well as a skills evaluation.

Both the written section and skills evaluation of the CNA state test must be passed in order to receive state certification. The skills evaluation requires the test taker to demonstrate five testable skills in the presence of a nurse aide evaluator (NAE) who is scoring them as he or she observes the performance of each skill. There are exactly 22 testable skills that could appear on the CNA state test in Texas, and five of them will be selected at random for the test taker to perform.

Out of the 22 testable skills, 15 of them are to be performed on a live person at the CNA state test. In other words, the vast majority of skills will be performed on a random student with whom the test taker will be partnered at the Pearson Vue testing center. This is a reciprocal process because the two partners will be performing their five skills on each other as the NAE observes the skills demonstrations for scoring purposes.

Only seven of the 22 hands-on skills are not performed on a live person at the Pearson Vue testing center during the skills evaluation portion of the CNA state test. The first skill is hand hygiene (a.k.a. hand-washing); of course, test takers will demonstrate how to wash their own hands in front of the NAE. Thus, hand hygiene is not done on another live person. Keep in mind that all test takers will be required to complete the hand hygiene skill due to the emphasis on infection prevention.

Moreover, the personal protective equipment (PPE) skill, which requires the test taker to don and doff a gown and a pair of gloves properly, is not performed on another live person. The test taker will be dressing oneself in the PPE items before demonstrating how to appropriately remove and dispose of them. Another skill that will not be performed on a live person at the CNA state test is denture care. Rather, the test taker will demonstrate how to correctly provide care for an upper or lower denture.

Measurement and recording of urinary output is yet another skill that the test taker will never perform on a live person at the testing center. The test taker will be called upon to accurately measure the amount of simulated urine in front of the NAE before recording the numeric result. Measuring and recording urinary output is considered one of the five measurement skills that requires correct documentation at the Pearson Vue testing center in order to achieve a passing score.

Due to concerns that revolve around privacy, safety and infection control, the skills of catheter care, perineal care and applying an elastic stocking to one leg will always be performed on a mannequin at the CNA state test. In essence, these three skills are not done on a live person at the Pearson Vue testing center. This bit of knowledge often relieves test takers since they would feel uncomfortable if a random student wiped their most private areas in front of a NAE during a perineal care skill demonstration.

Do you want to become a nursing assistant in two weeks in the DFW area? Call Legacy Healthcare Careers at (682)626-5266 where you will be trained to pass the Texas CNA state examination on your first attempt.

Healthcare Career Spotlight: Psychiatric Aides

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Depending on the policies and customs of the specific facility, psychiatric aides are also known by a variety of other formal titles such as psychiatric nursing assistants, behavioral health aides, psychiatric nurse aides, mental health technicians and psychiatric orderlies. A psychiatric aide’s role involves providing assistance to patients with mental or behavioral health issues under the direct supervision of licensed nursing staff and/or physicians.

A psychiatric aide performs a wide assortment of workplace duties that may include provision of assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), facilitation of therapeutic group activities, responding to behavioral outbursts and/or catastrophic reactions, and transporting patients to and from examinations and treatments via wheelchair or stretcher. On occasion, psychiatric aides might restrain combative patients.

Psychiatric aides also conduct physical safety checks, measure and record vital signs, observe patients for harmful behavior, report changes in condition to nursing staff, serve meals as needed, participate in the admissions and discharge processes, obtain finger stick blood glucose readings on diabetic patients, disinfect rooms, maintain cleanliness of shared patient quarters, and provide emotional support to patients.

Psychiatric aides need to possess outstanding communication skills due to their very frequent encounters with patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, counselors and other members of the multidisciplinary care team. In addition, psychiatric aides should have a nonjudgmental demeanor and the ability to remain calm in the presence of stressful situations and/or combative patients. Psychiatric aides must also be able to manage multiple tasks at once in busy environments.

To become a psychiatric aide, an interested candidate usually needs a minimum of a high school diploma or GED before completing on-the-job training to prepare for the workplace role. In many instances, certification as a nursing assistant (CNA) is desired or preferred for many psychiatric aide job positions. Psychiatric aides typically work at freestanding psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric wards contained within general acute care hospitals, and chemical dependency centers.

Are you interested in this healthcare career? Call Legacy Healthcare Careers at (682)626-5266 for healthcare career training in the DFW area of Texas.

Texas CNA Skills (Part Seventeen): Do Not Forfeit Your CNA State Examination Fees!

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Graduates of certified nursing assistant (CNA) training programs most likely put forth a whole lot of effort in a diligent manner to complete their coursework and practice their skills to perfection. The next logical step is passing the CNA state exam. Achieving a passing score on the CNA state exam is like icing on a cake because it is a rewarding culmination of the student’s perseverance and efforts throughout the previous weeks or months.

Nevertheless, there are a number of ways students can mess up on their efforts to take the CNA state test before they ever even get the opportunity to set foot in the the Pearson Vue testing center. In other words, some students make one or more silly mistakes that result in forfeiture of their testing appointments in addition to loss of the exam monies they paid.

The following is a list of actions that could potentially cause students to not be admitted into the Pearson Vue testing center and lead to forfeiture of CNA state exam fees.

  1. Test takers will need to arrive at the Pearson Vue testing center approximately 30 minutes prior to their scheduled test appointment times. A failure to arrive at the testing center on time will result in forfeiture of the CNA state exam appointment as well as any testing fees that had been previously paid.
  2. Test takers who want to change or cancel their testing appointment times will need to provide proper notice to Pearson Vue. Test takers who opt to change or cancel their state test appointment times without providing sufficient advance notice will forfeit the exam fee.
  3. Test takers will need to present two forms of unexpired identification in order to be admitted into the Pearson Vue testing center. For instance, a valid drivers license and a social security card would be acceptable forms of identification. Test takers who do not present two forms of unexpired identification will forfeit their testing appointments and lose the exam fees they previously paid.