How to Handle Time off Work After CNA Training

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As you know by now, I worked in a nursing home for quite a while after I finished CNA training. After I grew tired of working there, however, I turned to home health, mainly because I loved the fact that I was able to work such flexible hours and work with the same patients week after week. For quite a while, I had only two patients to care for after CNA training, and that was enough for both my time and my paycheck. One of the patients I saw only twice a week for an hour at a time. The other patient, however, I saw five times a week for three hours at a time after CNA training.

The second patient I worked with was an elderly man who couldn’t speak or move by himself. He received help from myself and my CNA partner in the morning, as that is what his insurance would pay for, and then at night his wife had recruited members from her church who would come and help him. In the morning, it was our job to give him a sponge bath, check him for any signs of pressure sores or injuries, dress him, and transfer him to a bedside commode. We would then transfer him into his wheelchair and help him get set up comfortably in the living room, where he would spend the day with his wife.

I cared for this man for months after CNA training, and I began to rely on the steady work when it came to my hours and my pay. Then, the unforeseen happened. The man passed away one night, leaving us devastated and without that steady work any more. I expected the agency to find me another patient right away, but that proved to be a problem. No new patients were available quite yet, and until they were, I would simply be making my twice weekly trip to see my only patient.

If you’ve ever found yourself without work or laid off after CNA training, you know the panic that can set in when this happens. After all, you have bills to pay, people to take care of, and a life you have to live. That’s hard to do on two hours of work a week, even when I was being paid well for that work.

The panic didn’t last long though. It couldn’t. I had to find work after CNA training, and that’s what I was going to do. Here’s how you can do it as well.

Surviving Unplanned Time off After CNA Training

Be Prepared- I wasn’t prepared for the possibility of my work hours being cut, but I should have been when I joined the home health care team after CNA training. I had no guarantees that additional work would become available, and there was always the possibility of my patients passing away after CNA training. Don’t be like me. Set aside money every chance you can for emergencies. They come more often than you might expect.

Be Creative- I couldn’t go on with only two hours a work a week after CNA training, so I got creative. I started a house cleaning business and found two clients right away. One of the clients lived in a retirement community, and when some of her elderly neighbors heard of my services, family members started calling me. I soon found myself hired as a weekly housekeeper for one neighbor and a private CNA for another.

Be Vocal- No one is going to know the situation you’re in if you don’t tell them. After CNA training, if you find yourself out of work, tell someone. The elderly client I had actually became my housekeeping client when I paid a visit to her husband in the nursing home I had worked at previously. I stopped in to see how he was, as we had become good friends while I worked there, and when he asked me what I was doing for work, I told him. He then told me to expect a call from his wife, who was looking for help because she was becoming too frail to carry her laundry down to the laundry facilities or run the vacuum.

Get Ready for Time Off After CNA Training

Always be prepared when you’re working after CNA training, especially if you work in home health care or as a private CNA. You never know when you will be no longer needed or when time off is mandatory for some reason. By getting ready for the worst, you can enjoy the best after CNA training.

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