RESTRAINT – What Does That Mean in a Nursing Home Setting?

[ad_1] If you look up restraint in the dictionary, you may see one of these definitions: (1) the act of restraining, holding back, controlling or checking; (2) the state or fact of being restrained; deprived of liberty; confinement. But what does the term “restraint” mean in a nursing home or hospital setting? You may be researching facilities and learn that one has a restraint free policy. The Virginia Administrative Code Section that speaks to Nursing Home facilities defines a “Physical restraint” as “any manual method or physical or mechanical device, material, or equipment attached or adjacent to the resident’s body that the individual cannot remove easily which restricts freedom of movement or normal access to one’s own body.” 12 VAC 371-10. The same section defines a “Chemical restraint” as “a psychopharmacologic drug (a drug prescribed to control mood, mental status, or behavior) that is used for discipline or convenience and Read More …

Role of a Certified Nursing Assistant

[ad_1] A certified nursing assistant is a medical employee who works with doctors and nurses in medical environments and care facilities. They do things like checking vital signs of patients and helping with things like bathing and feeding. They work with medical equipment, setting it up and checking it. They change bedpans and sheets. They are also at the front lines of checking and maintaining a patient’s mental and emotional state. There are a lot of great reasons to become a CNA. One example is the strongly held belief that fully qualified nurses who started out as nursing assistants just tend to make better nurses. Being able to start out on the ground level gives you the patient-based perspective you need to be a great RN. CNAs are an important part of any medical team these days, even within teams that don’t just include nurses. They provide a lot of Read More …

How To Become A Legal Nurse Consultant

[ad_1] There are many different specialties and fields that a nurse can work in. For example, there is neonatal nursing, paediatrics, and legal nursing. A certified legal nurse is going to work with members of the legal community so that they can help to better serve their clients regarding medical concerns and matters. To enter this particular field there are several steps that need to be taken. First of these is to actually go to nursing school so that you can become a registered nurse. You can, therefore, apply for a four year program, a community college or a nursing school. Complete all of the coursework that you are set. Before actually applying for specialized training all coursework needs to be completed to a sufficient standard. There are various different types of classes that nurses will take such as biochemistry, anatomy, and pharmacology. You can also take additional classes and Read More …

The Hidden Treasure of Pediatric Nursing

[ad_1] As any parent knows, having children is a life-changing experience for which there is no adequate preparation. We all have ideas about how to raise children but most of the time we simply learn as we go. A young pediatric nurse can get a good head start on parenting through the day-to-day experience of pouring her heart and soul into caring for her young patients. It’s not exactly the same as real-life experience, but it might be the next best thing. The Quandary of Pediatrics When the new graduate takes a job as a pediatric nurse, she is immediately faced with the challenge of doing what’s best for a child and making sure that child is as comfortable as possible. Yet the two are not always compatible. Sometimes doing what’s best for a sick patient is going to cause that person to be extremely uncomfortable. For example, you may Read More …