So, you graduated from CNA training. Now what? As a certified nursing assistant, you will be an in-demand member of the healthcare team. Upon graduating, you’ll be ready to join over 1.5 million other individuals who completed CNA training and are now employed across the country. Even with so many other CNAs out there, though, there are positions available in this field all the time.
After CNA training, you will be asked to work with many different types of patients, depending on the health care facility where you have found employment. While in nursing homes your care will mainly be focused on the elderly, in hospitals, you will be required to implement the knowledge you gained throughout CNA training to care for babies, children, teens, adults, and the elderly. Each patient will be unique, and you will have to adjust your technique when working with each individual one.
If you find yourself caring for children after CNA training, you may often be called upon to assist in relieving their fear, perception of pain, and distress when they are undergoing venipuncture. This may be required whether you have earned your certification in phlebotomy or are simply assisting a phlebotomist in the patient’s care. Read the rest of this entry »
After you’ve graduated from CNA training and found the job of your dreams, the last thing you want to think about is getting fired. The truth is, though, it’s exactly what you should be thinking about. When you take the time to understand what issues could result in you getting let go, you’ll be much more likely to avoid those issues.
So, what problems could cause you to get fired after CNA training? Let’s take a look.
When it comes to caring for your patients and residents after CNA training, foot care is probably not at the top of your list. After all, you have to be concerned about their oral care, their vital signs, their nutrition, and prevent them from developing bed sores. Foot health isn’t something you generally think about.
The problem is, though, you should be thinking about it after CNA training. The health of your patients’ feet is extremely important. Just think about it. They spend much of their day on their feet, walking from one place to another, and if they suffer from a disease like diabetes, sores on the feet can lead to serious problems, like infections and possible amputations.
Taking care of your patients’ feet after CNA training doesn’t have to be hard. It just requires a few smart tips.
Graduating from CNA training may make you feel like you’re on top of the world. The truth is, though, you aren’t. Life outside the CNA training classroom is incredibly different, and you may find it hard to be the CNA you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t get discouraged though; others before you went through the same thing, and they survived. You will too, especially with the help of these tips.
Looking for a job after CNA training isn’t easy. Let’s face it. Hiring managers have pretty much seen it all. They know what to look for in the best candidate before candidates even meet with them face-to-face. Because of this, those who complete CNA training have to be on top of their job hunting strategy and know exactly what they are doing.
Want to stand out from the rest of your graduating class after CNA training? Want to make sure you’re remember when it comes time for a hiring manager to make him final decision? Here are some secrets you need to know.
Are you new to this CNA blog? If you’re interested in CNA training and are just starting your journey, one of the most important things you can begin learning about is what you’ll do after you finish CNA training. For some individuals, this is a serious question; it was for me. When I walked into the first nursing home I would eventually work for, I didn’t know what a CNA was, let alone what they did. All I knew was that I needed a job, and it seem liked a logical place to start.
It was only later that I would discover just how awesome being a CNA was.
So, what does a CNA do? Let’s take a look at what your tasks will be after CNA training.
Being successful after CNA training doesn’t mean you are the most popular CNA on your floor, the highest paid, or even the CNA that is chosen to train the newbies. A successful CNA is one that makes an impact on the patients he or she cares for. How do you do this? Here are a few tips you can use after CNA training.
I worked in a nursing home right after CNA training for a couple of years. They had paid for my CNA training, and I was required to work for them for at least 6 months. I liked it so much, though, I worked longer. During that time, many things changed. The nursing home went from having a small closet where we could obtain all the items we needed (if we were fast enough,) to an entirely new wing and new large rooms full of supplies.
While we kept most of our supplies on carts we took with us up and down the halls, there were a few supplies that we would stick in our scrub pockets to take into each of the rooms, like extra trash can liners and packets of skin cream.
At night, when I’d go home, I’d occasionally find these items still sitting in my scrub pockets. I didn’t realize it then, but I was stealing. Of course, I’d always put them back in my pockets for the next day of work, but that’s not the point. I was stealing, even momentarily, from the nursing home I worked at after CNA training.
Have you ever “accidentally” stolen something from your workplace after CNA training? Have you see others who have? How do you deal with it?
When it comes to working as a CNA after CNA training, it’s important to realize that you can’t do everything by yourself. This type of work is challenging and, at times, frustrating. You need someone you can lean on to give you the support you need to successfully continue working. Having a support system after CNA training can allow you to talk to others who know exactly what you’re going through. And that’s important. While your family and friends may want to help, they can’t really understand what you deal with unless they’ve been CNAs too. By joining a support group with other CNAs after CNA training, you know you’ll be understood.