There will be many different patients you will need to work with after CNA training. Each one will have their own personality and be unique, but each one will have one thing in common: they will all need your assistance. Some may need help getting dressed, some might need help eating, and others may simply need you to find a nurse or doctor so they can discuss their current treatment plan. Whatever they need though, it will be your responsibility to ensure it is done.
As a health professional working in the medical field, one type of patient you will most likely come in contact with at some point in your career after CNA training is a victim of domestic violence, especially if you work in a doctor’s office or in a hospital. While this is unfortunate, it is often a reality. When you do meet patients who are victims of domestic violence, you have to be able to identify domestic abuse and know what to do to help these patients.
Identifying Domestic Violence After CNA Training
There are many signs that can indicate domestic violence, and you must understand how to look for and identify them after CNA training.
- Unexplained bruises, especially various bruises on the body that are at different healing stages, slap injuries, burns, lacerations, and multiple injuries that are healing at various stages
- Injuries to genitals and other signs of sexual abuse
- Injuries and bruises in locations that are hidden by clothing, such as the abdomen, breast, and chest
- Long term problems with pain. For instance, after CNA training you may notice that a patient has chronic issues with back pain, pelvic pain, psychogenic pain, or neck pain
- Patients you care for after CNA training delay getting treatment for certain injuries
- When patients describe the accident that caused their injury, they do so in an embarrassed, evasive, frightened, ashamed, or hesitant manner
- Patients have repeated “accidents” and frequently need surgery
- Patients are accompanied by overprotective partners who are generally the perpetrators of violence. These individuals will actively try to prevent abuse victims from relating the truth of their “accident” to health care professionals like those who have completed CNA training.
What to Do About Domestic Violence After CNA Training
As a CNA, you are legally required by law to report any type of abuse. However, you must understand who you need to report the abuse to and what else can be done to help a victim of domestic violence after CNA training.
- Your first step should always to identify any signs or symptoms of domestic violence.
- If you suspect domestic violence, report your suspicions to your charge nurse. She will consider the evidence as well.
- The charge nurse will most likely report your findings to the patient’s doctor, if he is present. The doctor or the nurse will then question the patient directly to discover if he or she will provide any information about the abuse.
- The nurse or the doctor will then call the proper authorities, such as the police and adult protective services or social services. You will then need to report your findings and ensure all of the information about the patient’s injuries are listed properly on his or her medical chart.
There will be many types of patients you work with after CNA training. Make sure you know how to care properly for patients who are victims of domestic violence. Learn how to identify the signs and report any suspicious injuries to your charge nurse immediately after CNA training.