There are a vast array of study guides and course activities in your CNA training that can help you to develop knowledge and practical skills. But there is a third, equally crucial aspect to being a competent Certified Nursing Assistant. This aspect is Emotional Preparedness; if you are unprepared or ill-equipped to handle the emotional demands of a role in patient care then you may not be able to carry out your duties for an extended period of time.
After CNA Training; Being Emotionally Prepared
Are you aware of your behavior?
Are you able to make an unbiased, objective assessment of your behavior? This is a terribly important self-regulating skill; without the ability to take stock of your professional behavior you will be unable to assess and refine the way that you interact with patients and residents.
Are you sensitive of how your behavior may affect others?
If you are aware of your behavior you are then able to gauge the reactions of different individuals that you come across and adapt your conduct accordingly. Different residents and patients will have different sensitivities and being aware of these professional conduct expectations will make adjusting to the workplace after CNA training much easier.
Are you able to regulate your mood?
There will be times during the course of your working day when you will feel like yelling, leaving or even just being a little curt with patients and colleagues. You cannot give these negative emotional responses during your placement in CNA training or in your subsequent medical employment. Mood regulation is essential in keeping your approach to work professional and ethical.
Are you a self-starter?
You will soon discover in the course of your CNA training and employment that there will not always be somebody with you to motivate and supervise you in every aspect of your day to day duties. Keeping on task, managing your time and knowing what further tasks you can accomplish are essential skills in working independently, and you will be expected to do so in your career as a certified nursing assistant or aide.
Do you care about people?
Empathy is a key quality in successful healthcare workers, but it’s not a quality that you can be taught in the course of your CNA training. If you can put yourself in some one else’s shoes, and see their situation from their perspective you will be able to provide a better quality of care.
Can you relate to people?
A sociable demeanor and friendly personality will serve you well in your CNA training and employment. Patients, residents and colleagues will rely on you daily to effectively communicate and relate to them and without these social skills you may find this process extremely difficult.
Can you maintain appropriate relationships?
Professional conduct also involves knowing when to take a step back from a relationship with a patient or resident. During your CNA training you will learn about ethical boundaries and guidelines that relate specifically to this, surface to say that your role as caregivers is to assist and aide those in your care, not to become deep involved in their private lives.
If you think that you can meet these personal quality requirements then you may want to consider undertaking a comprehensive, state approved CNA training course.