Abstract WP403: Empowering Certified Nursing Assistants through Stroke-Specific Education
Background and Purpose: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) requires Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) to possess exceptional clinical skills and in-depth knowledge and a desire to positively influence the lives of others. The CNAs at CSMC play a significant role in a patient's day-to-day experience. They are often the first to notice subtle changes in the patient’s condition. Recognizing stroke symptoms quickly is key to providing patients with the best possible outcomes. Educating CNAs with stroke-specific knowledge is crucial to our patients’ safety. Identifying these patients and expeditiously calling the experts offers patients the best possible outcomes. Armed with this knowledge, CNAs may be able to recognize stroke symptoms immediately and any change in their patients’ neurologic status. In addition, a literature search through CINAHL, Medline and Google Scholar revealed no stroke-specific education has been provided to CNAs.
Methods: We completed a needs assessment on the CNAs’ knowledge regarding acute stroke symptoms and comfort level with activating the stroke team for acute stroke symptoms, determining there was a need for greater knowledge. We created and taught several classes using a PowerPoint/interactive lecture format, with summative assessments at the end of class (post-test and class/instructor evaluation). We performed a review of the summative assessments for all of the classes held from 2013 to 2014. A thorough literature search was also performed for any stroke-specific education provided to CNAs. We then coordinated stroke-specific classes targeted at CNAs during their Patient Assessment Classes, held throughout the year either for new CNA orientation classes or continuing education.
Results/Conclusions: Although this education is not quantitatively measurable, it is measureable in perception. The summative assessments indicate they absorbed the information and felt the stroke-specific information provided helped them decide to initiate the stroke team for acute stroke symptoms or notify a nurse if they felt their patient was demonstrating symptoms of stroke or a change in neurologic status. The CNA stroke-specific classes are ongoing and are now a permanent part of their new and continuing education curriculum.
Author Disclosures: N.E. Steiner: None. P. Moore: None. B. Robertson: None. L. Paletz: None.
- © 2016 by American Heart Association, Inc.