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Professional Boundaries of a CNA

Nursing assistants maintain relationships with the patients and their families. We are always ready to help them and work much harder for them. Nobody is disturbed by this behavior. But in some cases our relationships get unsafe for us, the resident, the other residents we have been allotted to; the people we work with and our peers.

Being Objective

In some cases aides become biased and forget the most important role of remaining neutral. This is wrong and we should give the correct report about the residents. This report should contain the way a resident works and performs their duties and all this information should be made by being objective. The CNA fails to correctly report about those residents whom they are closed to.

If a resident is reported wrongly for example a resident does not know how to dress him self and is reported as he knows it. This would affect the resident as other CNA would be frustrated if they found that the earlier one has not reported correctly. Families of these loved ones are even frustrated that their loved one cannot perform the task for which he was reported positive.

We have to follow professional limitations

CNAs are said to be experienced in the caregiver-patient relationship. A CNA is restricted to keep a doctor – patient relationship with the resident. We are credit worthy for the comfort we deliver. According to ethical discussions the CNA has the power over the resident. This relationship is an advantage to the CNA and not the resident. It is not healthy when a professional relationship turns into a friendly one. When relationships turn into a friendly one, then one CNA demands more special care for the resident when it is not even required. CNAs start getting close with the families of the resident and this has a serious legal implications.

There are instances when CNAs cross their limitations and the results are bad for them. These limitations are:

1. When CNAs spend time with the residents after job timings.
2. When they share secrets with the patients and their families.
3. If you get defensive when they are asked about their relationship with the patient and their families.
4. If gifts are shared between them and their patients.
5. When the patient thinks that you are the only one who can take care of them.
6. When you flirt with a patient.
7. When you become objective about a resident.

It is very hard to break the close relationship with your patients. Firstly you have to recognize that you are wrong. Secondly you have to get away from the resident. It is better to get out gradually than breaking up quickly. Many times if the employers find these problems, they assign the CNA to another resident.

A CNA can get a different assignment. If you report about your relationship you might end up facing problems. Professionals keep such stuff to themselves. It is very hard to tell the resident or patient that you are being assigned to a different resident. Let the nurses inform them if such thing happens. Professionals should not cross their limitations if they do not want to get in trouble or want to be disregarded as professionals.

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