Bullying After CNA Training: Finding Your Voice

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Bullying isn’t a new idea. Many of us saw or were a part of bullying when we were younger. Kids on the playground might have bullied us out of our lunch money or a bully in our neighborhood may have made it impossible to walk down a certain street without coming home with a black eye.

Unfortunately, bullying doesn’t just disappear as we grow older. When you enter CNA training or find your first job after CNA training, chances are you are going to encounter a grown up version of a bully at some point. While steps are being taken in almost every workplace to eliminate bullying, working side by side with a bully after CNA training can make it hard to find your voice. They can make you feel as if you don’t have one, or that you will be punished if you attempt to use it.

Bullying in the workplace after CNA training is all about power. Bullies need to feel as if they have power. Fortunately, power is in the eye of the beholder, and empowerment trumps it every time. In order to have empowerment, though, you must first find your voice. This doesn’t mean you should shout or yell; it means you should speak up every time you can.

While it’s difficult for new CNAs to find their voice during and after CNA training, there are steps you can take to find it and cultivate it. Let’s take a look at them.

Finding and Cultivating Your Voice During and After CNA Training

  • Speak Up During CNA Training- When you enter CNA training, take steps to avoid the bullies by sitting at the front of the class. Actively participate in every discussion, asking questions and seeking out answers. Make sure the professor knows you by name so he or she will be more likely to call on you.

 

  • Speak Up During CNA Training Clinicals- When clinical time arrives at the end of CNA training, don’t stand at the back of the room. Get out front, volunteer to try skills first. Don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes; you’re there to learn and making mistakes is how you do it.

 

  • Speak Up During Orientation- The first day on the job is always difficult, but after CNA training is over, you still need to take steps to find your sense of power and your voice. So, while a nurse or another CNA is introducing you to the medical facility, pay attention, ask questions, and always be present. If possible, arrive early so you don’t miss a moment.

 

  • Speak Up to the Nursing Staff- Whenever you have to report on a patient’s care or a problem with a patient to your charge nurse, make sure you are prepared ahead of time. Stay organized and anticipate any questions the nurse might have. If the nurse asks questions, don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know,” but find out the answer as quickly as possible.

 

  • Speak Up Against Bullying After CNA Training- Whenever you are confronted with bullying, don’t be passive about it. Whether it’s happening to you or someone else, it must be addressed and eliminated. Speak up and let the individual know their actions are not acceptable.

Find Empowerment After CNA Training

As CNAs, we are charged with being our patient’s advocates; we are expected to be their voice and stand up for them when necessary. But how can we do that if we can’t stand up for ourselves? Take the time and put in the effort to find your own voice so you can be empowered after CNA training.

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