During the course, both Certified Nurse Aide and Home Health Aide students will learn about patient safety and cleanliness, both in a classroom and laboratory setting. Students in the Certified Nurse Aide program will also get hands-on work with safety in the nursing home clinical setting.
Students will study a wide range of topics. The principles of hand washing, infection control, clearing obstructed airways, and transfer belt placement are some examples. Plus, infectious disease control, how to manage emergency situations, and how to deal with at-risk and challenging patients are additional subjects covered.
Additionally, education on patient safety and cleanliness will teach CNAs how to identify and mitigate potential dangers and risks. These include messy rooms and hallways, inadequate lighting, unsafe electrical and assistive equipment, and other potential safety hazards. Students will also learn the importance of safe body mechanics. These best practices help future CNAs avoid injury and prevent accidents while handling patients over the course of their daily tasks.