In any employment situation professionalism is key. One of the best ways to be professional is by being honest. During your CNA training and employment people will be relying on you to provide them with accurate and truthful information.
Honest During and After CNA Training
Who will you need to provide information to in your duties during CNA training and employment?
Almost every person that you come across during your work as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Aide will be relying on you to accurately and concisely convey truthful and relevant information to them. This may include:
- Other CNAs – In order for smooth shift changes and transfer of patient care to be successful you will need to convey honest and detailed patient information to your peers, both verbally and within a patient’s medical records.
- CNA training mentors – You work experience supervisors and in class tutors will rely on your forward and forthright honesty in order to provide you with the best possible CNA training.
- Supervising Nurses – Nurses will be relying on honest communication through medical records and complete disclosure in order to accurately develop care plans.
- Doctors – Doctors will be relying on your documentation and honest communication to accurately diagnose and treat patients
- Patients – Patients need to be able to trust in you and your ability to provide care and accurate information to them.
- Families of patients – Families of patients may need you to explain honestly and clearly some of aspects of a patients care and will be relying on your honest communication.
What are the dangers of dishonesty and lying during your CNA training and employment?
Dishonest behavior and incomplete disclosure are very dangerous in any field but in a medical environment lies can be devastating. During your CNA training you will be exposed to many of the situations that you may encounter in your professional life where it may be tempting to be deceptive or not disclose the full truth of a situation. But it is important in these circumstances to maintain an honest and professional demeanor and attitude to your work. The ways that dishonesty could compromise your quality of work include:
- Compromising patient safety
- Ruining your professional reputation
- Compromising the safety of your colleagues
Why do CNAs and students in CNA training lie?
The most commonly encountered reasons that CNAs lie are:
- To cover up mistakes – This could be administering an inappropriate treatment
- To rush through a job or skip a duty – If you are running behind you might skip a routine weight check for a stable patient.
- To shift responsibility to another person – This could be implicating another CNA in your mistake or shifting the blame of an incident onto a patient.
- To smooth over a difficult situation – Answering questions asked by a patient or their family dishonestly in order to put them at ease.
Regardless of the reasoning lying or omitting information during your CNA training and employment can be a dangerous practice that can have disastrous consequences for yourself, your colleagues, your patients or your family.