Being a certified nursing assistant comes with a certain amount of responsibility. One of the obligations that you undertake CNA training and employment is the obligation to behave in a professional manner. But what is professionalism and why is it so important in CNA training and employment.
How to be Professional After CNA Training
What is professionalism?
Professionalism is competency and efficiency in your chosen activity. This also involves behavior appropriate to the profession or activity you are undertaking. Being professional is the opposite of amateurish and unpracticed behavior.
Why is professionalism important in CNA training and employment?
Certified Nursing Assistants work within the medical support industry and are charged with the care and wellbeing of patients and residents. Without guidelines and standards of professionalism the quality of care, trust of the patient and working relationships can be compromised. Professionalism is pivotal in maintaining quality and consistency of care in a medical or residential care facility.
What are the cornerstones of professionalism in CNA training and employment?
Professionalism in CNA training and employment as you will learn within your CNA coursework may seem to be largely common sense concepts but it is import to reinforce and bear in mind these principals to ensure that you are behaving at your most professional during CNA training and employment.
- Appearance and Dress
- Lateness and Absence from work
- Honesty and Transparency
- Work Attitude
- Appropriate Use of Resources
What is professional Appearance and Dress for a CNA?
The way that you present yourself is the key element of the first impression that your residents and patients will have of you. Not only that but most importantly neat and clean presentation and dress in crucial in preventing infection. Dirty uniforms, rips and tears can compromise the integrity of the clothing allowing for contamination and you may end up leaving threads of your clothing all over the place. Patients will also be wary of entrusting their care to someone who looks unhygienic and untidy. A neat, presentable and clean appearance can be the difference between a co-operative and responsive patient and an obstructive distrusting patient.
Things that should also be limited or excluded entirely include;
- Perfumes and colognes – These types of scents can trigger allergic reactions in patients and can be just plain off-putting, over powering or even nauseating. Just because you find the scent appealing does not mean that everyone else will agree. Perfume is a matter of personal taste and to wear overpowering or strong scents to work is inconsiderate of the residents, patients or co-workers in your workplace
- Make up – Excessive make up can rub of onto work surface, may smudge or smear during the day and is not advised when presenting a professional image.
- Nail polish, Long or Fake nails – Long nails and particularly fake nails can fall off into patient food, accidentally scratch residents and can store infectious or unhygienic materials.
- Jewellery – Jewellery can get caught on things, snap and fall or even cause injury to residents or patients.
- Heavily styled or impractical hair styles – Not only can big hairstyles use a lot of irritating hair products but they can also pose a hazard by getting snagged on things or draping onto surfaces.