Perspective of a CNA at My First Hackathon

Perspective of a CNA at My First Hackathon

Have you ever had the opportunity to attend a hack a thon? Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hack a Thon at Northeastern in Boston. I am a CNA in Florida and never imagined I would be asked to consult on a new product. Well, I’m here to tell you that I will never say “I’m just a CNA” again! I was chosen as a team member and was able to help pitch a new product that will change the lives of elderly incontinent patients. It will also change the way aides interact with their patients. Imagine not having to wake your patient around the clock on a schedule to check for episodes of incontinence. Imagine knowing that your patient needs to be changed and being able to complete that task in a timely manner preventing skin breakdown and recurrent UTI’s. Imagine the extra time you will have to give your patients quality time. This product was in my wheel house because I love working in geriatrics and I struggle daily with how to tackle the day. If you are doing 2 hour checks and your patient is dry, there’s a good chance they will be soaking wet by the time you get back to your next 2 hour check.  Let’s face it, that 2 hour check rarely happens every 2 hours because you are carrying a high patient load and you get side tracked with a patient and your 2 hour check schedule goes awry. The point to all of this is first and foremost you are not “JUST A CNA”. You are the healthcare worker that knows the patients best. You are the standing on the frontline to their quality of life. You are likely one of the only constants in the patients life. Please don’t ever think a healthcare hack a thon isn’t an event you should attend. I was scared, skeptical and intimidated. But I was needed and my input was valued. Our team won 1st place and this event has opened doors for me that I never knew existed. Keep your eyes open for news from HerraCare.

Holly Delaporte, CNADevelopment Coordinator
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