After CNA Training: Understanding Verbal and Written Warnings

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Finding a job after CNA training can be exciting for many new CNAs. They finally get to practice all the skills they have been learning and really make a difference in patients’ lives. While we all hope that first, second, or tenth job will be perfect, sometimes there are problems that occur when we begin working after CNA training, either through our own incompetence, through human error, or because of a series of unfortunate events.

When these problems occur in the workplace after CNA training, we are often faced with the concern of receiving a verbal or written warning from our employers. These warnings are scary for a couple of reasons:

  1. No one likes to get into trouble, and being reprimanded can be both embarrassing and frightening.
  2. Many of us automatically assume a verbal or written warning is just one step away from termination.

While these warning can be frightening and can very well lead to termination after CNA training, they don’t always. Let’s take a look at what these warnings mean and how you should react to them.

Verbal Warnings After CNA Training

Verbal warnings are often the first step in the discipline process outlined by most employer’s policies. These warnings give an employee oral notice that he or she has failed in some way, is behaving inappropriately, or is not meeting the employer’s expectations. After CNA training, a CNA may receive a verbal warning if he or she has engaged in:

  • Derogatory language
  • Frequent tardiness
  • Failure to follow the policies and practices of the medical facility
  • Inappropriate behavior that an employer does not want repeated

If you happen to receive a verbal warning after CNA training, you should see this warning as an opportunity to better yourself and your behavior. You may not like being accused of doing something wrong, but you should accept that there is a problem and take steps to change it. If your employer doesn’t suggest the situation be discussed further at a later date, set an appointment with him or her to discuss the previous problem they were having with your behavior or work a month or two down the line. See if they have noticed the changes you have made and see if there are any further actions they suggest you take.

Written Warnings After CNA Training

Written warnings are generally the next step in the disciplinary process, and are usually used if you fail to change your behavioral problems or exhibit poor work performance after an employer has warned you verbally that you are failing in these areas. Many times, CNAs receive written warnings after CNA training for situations such as:

  • Insubordination
  • Frequent tardiness or absenteeism
  • Failure to comply with verbal warnings

Written warnings don’t always occur after verbal ones; employers may use them without prior warning. With these warnings, you are often required to sign the written statement of your offence. Keep in mind that signing the warning does not mean you agree with the warning or acknowledge it as the truth. It simply means you have received the warning. Should you need to or want to challenge the warning, your signature will not get in the way.

The response to this type of warning after CNA training is the same as with a verbal warning: make a change.

Failure to acknowledge and begin taking steps to change the behavior that caused the verbal or written warnings you receive after CNA training can often result in termination. Make sure you are doing everything you can to be the best CNA possible to avoid these situations after CNA training.


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