Ethics & Health Regulations
Throughout your CNA training program you will be taught ethics. Almost every class is going to mention the subject, either in passing or in detail. This is due to the high importance that is placed on ethics in nursing fields. Someone else is depending on you to provide a high standard of care to keep them healthy, happy, and alive.
Code of Ethics for CNAs
When a person reaches the point where they are not able to take care of themselves without help, they must have someone who understands the ethics of the situation. There has always been a high degree of abuse in nursing facilities to the point that the government has created health regulations to lessen the issues of abuse. These health regulations or code of ethics also make it tougher for certain individuals to become CNAs. For example, an individual with a history of drug/ alcohol abuse, a criminal record, or other criminal issues cannot get certified.
There are hundreds of health regulations, and they will vary by state. Each state is able to set up parameters for their nursing home and assisted living facilities, as long as they fit within the federal government regulations. The following health regulations are some of the more important ethics CNAs should follow.
CNAs must preserve life by making it easier on a suffering patient and helping to restore this patient to good or better health, when possible. They must consider physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of all their patients without prejudice. CNAs must practice good health such as keeping their own appearance clean, healthy, and with good nutritional values. Periodic health check-ups and spot drug inspections of CNAs are part of health regulations to ensure the assistants are retaining their healthy lifestyle.
Hygiene and cleanliness on behalf of the patient and self is required under law in order to keep a job as a CNA in any healthcare facility. Nursing care must be on the same level with all patients regardless of any beliefs that might be contradictory to the healthcare workers on beliefs.
Health regulations also include the HIPPA act, which protects patient privacy. All information CNAs obtain from their patients is meant to be confidential. They must also keep family information confidential if shared.
There is one way confidential information can be shared- if the CNA feels abuse of their patient is occurring they can break certain confidentiality in order to protect their patient, who is their main concern.