After you have completed CNA training, there will come a time at some point in the year when you will feel a noticeable change in the air around the nursing home where you work. You will feel excitement, anxiousness, and even panic, and all these signs clearly point to one specific occurrence: the annual state inspection.
It can be scary the first time your nursing home is inspected by the state. After all, they are there to look at every minute detail and determine whether the nursing home is up to code and whether your CNA training is paying off. If you are performing your duties correctly, the way that you learned during CNA training, however, you don’t have to worry.
In a previous article, we discussed what you could expect from a state inspection. Today, we are going to discuss how to prepare for one.
Preparing for a State Inspection After CNA Training
In reality, if you are doing everything you can to perform your duties the way you were taught in CNA training, there will be little to prepare for an inspection from the state in your nursing home. However, these inspections are unannounced and can be completely nerve-wracking for CNAs who are just starting out or those who graduated from CNA training a long time ago. Here are just a few things you can do to make sure you are ready, no matter how long you have been a CNA.
- Review Your CNA Training- While most facilities don’t know exactly when the state inspectors will show up at their doorstep, many are able to guess the approximate time because the inspectors generally come about the same time every year. This means you have an opportunity to review what you learned in CNA training and make sure you are performing every task by the book. If you saved your text books and old notes, begin by going back over these and writing down any problem areas you might be having. Perhaps you have forgotten your state requires all trash cans to be emptied before you leave a room, or you’ve been a little lax with using hand sanitizer as an alternative to hand washing. Whatever the problem, now is the time to review your CNA training and change, not only to pass the state inspection, but to provide your patients with the best care possible.
- Continued CNA Training- If you don’t have your old notes and it has been a while since you obtained your CNA training, take this opportunity to continue your education. Speak the director of nursing at your facility and see if there are any courses you can take part in for free to refresh your memory and learn more about being a CNA.
- Speak to Other CNAs- You aren’t alone in this panic and anxiousness. Other CNAs, who have been working at the facility a lot longer than you have, will be anxious as well. No one wants their health care facility to do badly in state inspections, and everyone tries to maintain the quality standards expected throughout the year. Talk to some of the other CNAs you work with and ask them what you can expect and listen to what they have to say. They will generally know exactly what will occur and will be able to calm your fears so you can fully focus on your daily tasks.
- Relax- Yes, it can be scary, but state inspections will come and go. Take a deep breath and relax. As long as you are performing your tasks correctly and doing your best to provide the right care for your patients, you will get through the inspection with no problems.
Use Your CNA Training to Prepare for a State Inspection
If you work in a nursing home run by the state, an inspection will simply be something you have to deal with every one to two years. While it can be nerve-wracking, there are steps you can take to make sure you are fully prepared after CNA training.