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Learning is a lifelong process. In this section we have compiled many resources that you can use, not only before you go for CNA training, but also throughout your career.
DISEASES AND DISORDERS THAT CNAs SHOULD BE AWARE OF
Title: “Lung Disease”
This site will give you a great overview of several lung and respiratory problems that CNAs encounter. For example, chronic disorders like COPED and asthma, their signs, symptoms and treatment are discussed.
Title: “The American Lung Association”
As you explore the American Associations Lung Association’s website, you will learn about the lungs and what their functions are, different lung disorders, treatments, healthy air, and smoking cessation tips and resources.
Title: “Heart Disease”
Like other Wikipedia entries for diseases and disorders, this one will give you a good summary of the types of heart disease, risk factors relating to heart disease, how it can be prevented with things like diet and exercise, as well as how different heart disorders are treated.
Title: “The American Heart Association”
The American Heart Association is a highly recognized national association. Their website has information about heart diseases and disorders such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and cardiac arrest. It also has information and resources, including a video, on CPR and where you can take a CPR course.
This article is simple and easy to understand. You will learn about the kinds, or types of diabetes, the causes of diabetes, the signs, symptoms and treatment of the various kinds of diabetes.
Title: “The American Diabetes Association”
The American Diabetes Association is, perhaps, the most well known national association relating to diabetes, a very common problem among people of all ages in our nation. As you explore their wonderful resources you will see very good information about diabetes, the types of diabetes, including Type I and Type II diabetes, resources and how people of all ages can live with, and cope with, diabetes.
Many people have depression, especially when they are ill. CNAs should understand what depression is and how it can be managed and treated. This easy to read article tells you about depression, the definition of depression, the types of depression, the treatment of depression and how you can provide support to the person that is depressed.
Title: “The American Psychological Association”
Like other national associations, the American Psychological Association provides a tremendous amount of information for the public. Many mental problems are addressed on this site including disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD, states like anger and anxiety, and behaviors such as bullying. This is for you if you are interested in exploring a large number of emotional problems.
This site addresses the types of strokes, the signs of stroke, the causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients who have had a stroke.
Title: “Med Line Plus Strokes”
Med Line Plus is a strong and reliable source of information about all health problems, including stroke. The brief information on this site relates the types of strokes, the signs of stroke, and links to other information about strokes.
This Wikipedia article addresses cancer, types of cancer, risk factors, causes, prevention (things like smoking cessation), screening (mammography, prostate cancer screening), treatments and prognoses.
Title: “The American Cancer Society”
This website provides information about the different types of cancer, the treatment of cancer and ways to stay healthy.
The end of life
Title: “End of Life Care”
This website gives quite a bit about care at the end of life, including signs of impending death, managing symptoms and increasing comfort at the end of life and other considerations such as advance directives.
Title: “Mayo Clinic: End of life: Caring for a Dying Loved One”
You will learn about places within which people choose to die, spirituality at the end of life and several useful links for more information about end of life care.
CNA JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Title: “Indeed Jobs”
This website allows you to post your resume and to look for jobs in the Healthcare category. You may find this site useful in terms of not only finding a CNA job but, also, to research the CNA job outlook in your geographic area.
Title: “American Red Cross”
At this site, you can not only learn about the wonderful work that the Red Cross does, but also find classes in your area for first aid, CPR and other positions such as life guarding.
Title: “American Red Cross”
Here you can also find out about CPR and first aid classes in your area.
Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia that contains a wealth of information on topics from A to Z. It may be a good reference for you while you are going to CNA school.
Title: “Candidate Information Bulletin for the State of Florida Certified Nursing Assistant Examination”
Even if you are not taking your CNA test in the State of Florida, this Bulletin has a significant amount of information about testing, testing procedures, items on the skills part of the test, items on the oral or written part of the test, most of which is similar to, or identical to, the same things in other states. We suggest that you use this Candidate Information Booklet if your state does not have a similar booklet or the one that they have is not as complete and comprehensive.
USEFUL SITES ABOUT CNAs AND WHERE THEY WORK
Title: “Unlicensed Assistive Personnel”
At this website, you will learn about a number of types of unlicensed assistive personnel, including CNAs. Although the CNA is not licensed, the CNA is registered with the state after having passed the state CNA exam. Other unlicensed assistive personnel include job titles such as home health aide, patient care technician, surgical technicians and patient care assistant. These job titles are NOT certified like a CNA, but they, and their roles are also discussed in this article. You will also learn about the training that CNAs need, the hours of training needed, and some places that you can get this training, including the Red Cross, local technical or vocational schools and colleges.
This very interesting article tells you about the history of hospitals and the types of hospitals and patients that we have today. The history begins with the earliest hospitals to those in early Rome, and moves through the middle age in Islamic and European nations. Later, it tells you about hospitals in our nation from the Colonial era to the modern time.
You will also learn about the different kind of hospitals including teaching hospital, clinics, specialty hospitals, district and general hospitals and the departments and the services that they provide.
Title: “ Rehabilitation”
You will learn about mental health, substance abuse and medical rehabilitation hospitals or centers and the services that they provide on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Title: “Assisted Living”
When you go this website, you will be able to learn about assisted living facilities (ALFs), the services that they provide, such as assistance with the activities of daily living, the kinds of people who reside in these facilities, and other links to more information about this healthcare setting.
Title: “Nursing Homes”
This very informative site will tell you about nursing homes around the world, the types of residents that are in nursing homes, the services that are provided in US nursing homes, and regulations that impact upon nursing homes.
You will learn about the history of hospice and the type of care that hospice centers provide throughout the world, including in the US.
Title: “Respite Care”
This article will give you some insight into the kinds of, and places where, these temporary services are provided so that family members, and other caregivers, can have the necessary rest from the stressors associated with caring for others.