Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Is This What to Expect After CNA Training?

cna trainingAre CNA Training Graduates Shirking Their Responsibility?

They always say that entering into CNA training proves you’re a special kind of person. To dedicate your life (or at least a good portion of your career) to become a certified nursing assistant is commendable. It should conjure up visions of Florence Nightengale, or at least a hero or heroine of sorts.

Realistically, CNA graduates are often looked at as the low man on the totem pole of nursing care. We’re the ones who empty bed pans, change soiled bedding, and help feed the stroke victim while pretending not to notice that she’s drooling all over herself. We make people feel good about themselves and we improve their quality of life. I mean, that’s what CNA training graduates are supposed to do, right? If that’s the truth, then why are there pages and pages of lawsuits against CNA training graduates, as well as entire medical facilities? And even more important to you, the potential CNA training student reading this right now, –what are you getting yourself into?

CNA Training Graduates Ask the Hard Questions

If you’re thinking about entering the field and enrolling in CNA training, there are some hard questions you need to ask yourself first. Here they are:

  • What if I’m faced with what I consider to be neglect or even abuse? What will I do as a CNA training graduate? Yes, we know what you’re saying now. “Oh, I’d say something. I’d make sure it was reported.” If this was true, then how do you figure so many entire nursing facilities become senior neglect hotspots? Peer pressure seems to be very prevalent in this industry and those who don’t fall to the pressure either keep quiet about what they see and experience, or they leave and find other work. How would you handle being faced with a situation like this? What if you actually reported an incident to your supervisor and nothing was done about it? What if it was all turned around on you, –and you were fired? According to the media and the cases brought against CNA training graduates and medical facilities, this is a very real problem. It’s vital that you know what you’re going to do about it before you actually face this issue.
  • What if I witness theft? Have you ever considered what you will do or say if you witness another CNA training graduate violating the rights of a patient? Theft is very prevalent in facilities and just like in the case of neglect, it’s important that you know what you’ll do about it.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – How Many CNA Training Graduates Plead the 5th?

Remember what Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “All that needs to happen for evil to prevail is for good men to stand by and do nothing.”(or say nothing). Turning our heads is never the answer. There’s too much of that going on in today’s society. The answer here is to know who you are as a CNA training graduate. Know who you are, know what you stand for, and don’t be afraid to let that be known.

Remember, you’re not on the job to make friends. You’re on the job to take care of a life. Do it with honor.

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