From CNA Training to Developing an On the Job Routine

cna trainingWhat if Your CNA Training Didn’t Prepare You

We get a lot of questions from recent CNA training graduates who become frustrated with their first jobs, especially if they are at retirement or senior adult centers. If you are a recent CNA training graduate looking for employment, keep this in mind: Although you’ve learned all the CNA training procedures and passed all the tests, nothing can prepare you fully for the balance you’ll need to develop after CNA training is over and your real life experiences begin. Here’s one of the questions we recently received.

Question From a Recent CNA Training Graduate About Time Management

I completed my CNA training and immediately found a position at an adult center.  I have to say that it is one of the most challenging jobs I’ve ever had.  Even though it’s extremely fast paced and I often find myself frustrated, I love the work and I love knowing that I leave every day having made a positive difference in the lives of my residents.

However, here’s the part I’m struggling with. I find myself continuously stressed out and I am starting to get depressed because I know I don’t have the speed yet that my coworkers have and I don’t know how to develop it. Because I haven’t brought myself up to speed yet,  I end up slowing down my partner as well and she becomes frustrated and annoyed with me. She is visibly upset with me almost daily. My coworkers continue to tell me I need to pick up the pace, but whenever I ask for specific tips, they just tell me it will take time and I’ll become faster as I build my routine. I don’t like feeling like I’m rushing my patients, but on the other hand I don’t like to feel like I’m slowing down my peers and not being as strong of a CNA training graduate as I could.

Our Answer – After CNA Training, How to Get in Your Groove

If you’ve ever had a baby, or even gotten a new puppy, we all know it takes some getting used to. Remember how it was at first? You wondered if you’d ever figure out how to adjust your new schedule and get the things done that you used to. Well, that may sound awfully simplistic when it’s compared to your CNA training and career, but really it’s very similar.

First of all, your CNA training taught you all the basics, but your peers will show you the real deal. When you are working with them, watch and learn. See which patient they care for first. Does Mr. Robinson need to be dressed first? Does Mrs. Smith need to be placed on the toilet 30 minutes after she returns from lunch or she will soil herself? Does Mr. Kramer cooperate with dressing and grooming better after his morning coffee? You’ll learn these little things that will save you time and energy, and guess what? Before you know it you won’t think about your CNA training or wonder about working faster. Everything will fall into place.

Stick with your new career, rely on the CNA training you’ve already received, and keep learning!

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