CNA Training and Employment; Attendance

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It’s so important in an environment that provides care for vulnerable or incapacitated people that nursing assistants and students in CNA training are able to provide a consistent high quality of care. The most common reason that CNA work ethics slip in a medical or residential care facility is being overworked and the key cause of this is other CNAs and students in CNA training being absent. Sometimes these absences are necessary; other times they could have been easily avoided.

Poor Attendance After CNA Training

What impact can poor attendance have on you as a worker?

As a worker partial or full day absences due to illness or other reasons can have negative implications on your work life. Here are just a few of the ways that a poor work attendance record can affect you:

  • Your take home pay will be less
  • Your reputation as a worker may be compromised
  • You may get less shifts in the case of casual workers
  • You may reduce your chance of promotion, pay rises or contact renewal

What impact can poor attendance have on your colleagues?

Your work ethic can also have a negative impact on those working with you. Here are a few examples of how:

  • Co-workers will have to take on additional hours to cover your absence
  • Co-workers may be overstretched or exhausted as a result of your absence
  • Co-workers may not be able to make firm plans in their private lives in case they are called in
  • Co-workers may find that their work life is eclipsing their private life
  • Co-workers may need to take leave due to exhaustion

What impact can poor attendance have on your patients?

Your patients can also suffer when your work ethic or attendance is poor.

  • Patients or residents may be distrustful of other staff
  • Your absence may disrupt a residents routine
  • Quality of care may be compromised due to overstretched and overworked staff

What are acceptable absences?

Of course there will be times in CNA training and employment when absences are unavoidable, but it is important to attend work whenever possible.

Reasons for absence:

  • Illness and Injury This does not however include all illnesses. Unless you have contracted a highly contagious or infectious disease, or are so ill as to be bed ridden or incapacitated you must still endeavor to attend work. Your work place will have detailed information on what illnesses and infections automatically exclude you from the work place for a period of time. Make sure you get a doctors certificate for each day you are away due to illness.
  • Carers duties This includes any situation where somebody in your care in your private life requires you to care for them on that particular day and all other options for respite or alternate care arrangements have been exhausted; For example if your child is far too sick to attend school and all possible carers, family members and sitters are unable to help.

Why is lateness an issue in CNA training and employment?

If you are late then typically someone else has to stay at work later and postpone their private life or staffing resources get stretched during your absence due to a lack of numbers.

If you are going to be late or absent for work then be sure to call in as early as possible. 4 to 6 hours’ notice of an absence is the usual standard, and a quick call to notify your supervisor before your start time that you are coming in late is the courteous and considerate thing to do.

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