CNA Training: How Important Is Orientation?

cna trainingAfter CNA Training

So you have finished your CNA training, passed the exam with flying colors. You’ve applied and interviewed for your first job and will be starting in the morning. Congratulations! Now you cannot sleep because you are starting to stress over starting a new job at a facility you have never been in. You are confidant in what you have learned, but still worried about the new situation.

Working is Different from CNA Training

When you were still in CNA training, you always had an instructor looking over your shoulder or going behind you and making sure you did everything properly. Now you will have an entire caseload of patients that are yours alone to handle. While you are always free to ask questions or for help, no one will be there to see that you need it, you have to decide on your own when to find a nurse or another CNA training graduate for assistance. Yes, life after CNA training is filled with responsibility.

Your Career After CNA Training

You spent all your CNA training in the same locations. Either you were in the lab at school or one floor of one health care facility for hands on experience. Every time you go to a new department there will be small differences in how you work and where everything is located. Even if you are only moving to a different floor in the same building, there will be differences. It is best to find out where everything is located, who you work with, and exactly what is expected of you the first day or so you are someplace. The way different things are handled can be different enough to have people confused. You cannot possibly learn everything in CNA training.

Understanding Your Scope and Purpose in the Department

Everything you learned in CNA training was generalized. Once you get to a permanent position, you will need to learn what is expected of you, what you are permitted to do and what you will need to report to someone else in detail. To do this you will need to do a bit of learning about what happens and why. You will learn a lot while watching and talking with others who work in your area. You will also need to do a bit of your own research ad studying outside of work.

Your schooling shows you have the ability to learn and function within a healthcare facility. Even if you have been working for 20 years, going into a new facility or to a new area of care will require that you have an orientation in order to best perform your duties and help your patients. The medical industry is always changing; new discoveries and treatments are constantly being made. Every time you change your position you will need an orientation to expound upon the generalized CNA training you received; you will enjoy your job more if you know it well.

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