After CNA Training; 8 Tips for Being a Better CNA

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Accredited CNA training is an exceptional foundation for a long and fruitful career as a nursing assistant or, with the aid of additional training, a licenced nurse. CNA training alone cannot give you the required skills and motivation to succeed; you need to take it upon yourself to be the best possible CNA you can be. But where to start? Here is a list of hints, tips and even general common sense concepts to help you get the self-starting attitude you need for your future as a nursing assistant.

Success After CNA Training

  1. Have a clear set of principles and values based on the essential requirements of your CNA training and your own personal moral compass. Using this clear cut set of principals as a guide you may find it easier to steer your way through some of the more emotionally heated and ambiguous areas of your work.
  2. Develop a good sense of your own work schedule and the needs of the clients that need to be met in this time. Time management is crucial in ensuring that each resident gets and appropriate amount of assistance and treatment. Balancing time between patients is tricky and prioritizing treatments is the key to effective time management in a residential or medical care facility.
  3. Show initiative where appropriate. Being proactive as a CNA, but always in line with your CNA training, is beneficial to both you and your residents and patients. Carefully executed and thought out CNA resourcefulness is incredibly valuable in an environment where time and supervising staff can be minimal.
  4. Patient care and quality of work come before any matters of competitiveness or pride. Your goal is to provide the best possible care to your patients and residents in line with your CNA training. Not to control your work environment, and not to be combative with residents or staff but to achieve the best possible outcomes for the resident whilst maintaining their level of independence.
  5. Maintain a good relationship with residents, using their input and considering their feelings and values when trying to resolve a conflict. Defensive and stubborn behavior is counterproductive and a CNA should utilize the knowledge they obtained during their CNA training to keep a level head and a positive attitude when dealing with residents or patients.
  6. Maintaining a two way dialogue. Some patients or residents may not be able to understand what you are trying to tell them but it is important to do you absolute best to communicate with them about treatments and activities.
  7. Listen to residents or patients’ needs and ensure that you acknowledge and respect their input.
  8. Keep your distance when necessary. Sometimes the most important skill for a CNA or student in CNA training to master is knowing when and how to walk away. Sometimes patients or residents do not want your help. Sometimes a patient or resident may take issue with you for no obvious or apparent reason. On more than one occasion after the completion of your CNA training you will need to step back from a patient and knowing when to do so is a valuable skill that can only come with experience and common-sense.

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