When you complete CNA training and take a job in the workplace, there are a few “things” you will need to not only ensure you are successful as a CNA, but are able to keep your sanity as well. These must-haves keep you going on a daily basis, and without them life just wouldn’t be the same.
Must-Haves in the Workplace After CNA Training
- A Mission- While many CNAs walk into their medical facilities after CNA training and “just go with the flow,” have a mission, or a goal, every single day is an important part of making your workday valuable. The goal may be small, maybe you simply want to make sure Mrs. Johnson gets to bed on time so she isn’t cranky in the morning. No matter what the goal is, however, it will help you feel like you are making a difference.
- Leaders- Every organization needs leaders. It may not be you, but there needs to be someone who can stand up and guide you, and your co-workers, through any situation without making everyone else feel insignificant.
- A Team- After CNA training, you will work with a variety of individuals. Being able to work with them as a team, even when working individually is essential to accomplishing your tasks and making sure each patient is cared for.
- Humor- No, it isn’t exactly funning when Mr. Henderson decides to take off his own brief and cover the walls with his feces. But life is too short to be miserable all the time. In order to keep your sanity after CNA training, you have to find the humor in things and learn to not take everything so seriously.
- Professionalism- Of course, there is a time for seriousness. You need to be professional after CNA training and so do your fellow CNAs. Things need to be done in a timely manner and done with respect in order for the workplace to function as it should.
- Breaks- After CNA training, it is important to take breaks from the job. This includes breaks during your shift (for goodness sakes, go to the bathroom!) and breaks outside the workplace, where you simply life your life without thinking about your next shift.
- Thanks- Appreciation is rare after CNA training. Many of us want to be thanked for the job we do; after all, it’s really hard. The truth is, though, that a sincere ‘thank you’ or gesture of appreciation will be few and far between. That’s why when these gestures do actually occur you need to accept them with open arms and hold onto that feeling. You are making a difference, and someone knows it. They may not always express their appreciation, but it is there.
Keeping Your Sanity After CNA Training
Are you finding it difficult to keep your sanity after CNA training? Without these seven things in the workplace, you may quickly become worn out, or even burnt out. Make sure your workplace is filled with the things you need after CNA training.