For nearly 10 years, Bri has focused on creating content to address the questions and concerns educators have about teaching classes, preparing students for certifications, and making the most of the AES curriculum system.
When introducing a new healthcare career, a great first lesson is discussing the roles and responsibilities of that career.
This may seem like a basic lesson, but many of your students could be unaware of what exactly a nursing assistant does!
You can start with an activity to get your students thinking about the obligations of a certified nursing assistant (CNA). It will involve some work up front by you, but it will keep your students interested and interacting with each other.
Depending on the other health science courses your students have completed, they may know about laws like HIPAA.
Even if this is true, it’s always better to reinforce their knowledge on HIPAA since it is such an important law for health care workers.
Since this is most likely their first class that talks in depth about CNAs, you can provide a lot of detail on the scope of practice. These include details such as whether a nurse assistant can:
Identify health problems
Because the scope of practice is such an important part of teaching students about CNAs, you will spend a lot of this lesson lecturing about each point.
Encourage your students to ask questions for clarity and better understanding - if one student has a question, others most likely thought about it too.
Depending on how many questions your students have, this lesson could expand into an opportunity for class discussion.
4. Working with the Elderly
Lesson Type:Lecture & Optional Group Work
Many CNAs end up working in long-term care facilities, meaning they will work with geriatric patients. While this can be a difficult topic to teach, it’s an important part of your nursing assistant lessons.
But how do you teach the most appropriate information about this population of patients?
Start out by talking about the unique needs of aging patients. Many students may have never considered the differences of geriatric patients compared to younger ones.
You'll want to cover topics like:
The physical effects of aging
The emotional effects of aging
The special needs of elderly patients
After giving an overview of geriatric patients, talk more in-depth about a nursing assistant’s role in meeting their needs.
You could continue this portion of the lesson as a lecture or ask students to work in groups and come up with their own thoughts of what duties a CNA has with geriatric patients.
Either way, your lesson will end with a class discussion to ensure students clearly understand what it’s like to work with elderly patients!
5. The Path to Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant
Lesson Type:Individual Activity & Class Discussion
Because you may be teaching students about CNAs for the first time, don’t forget to talk to them about the path to becoming a CNA.