Relieve Burnout: Keep a Journal After CNA Training

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After working double shifts and six day weeks, there’s a good chance that the last thing you want is another task to complete. After all, since you graduated from CNA training, your life has turned into one task after another. What if we told you, however, that taking five minutes out of your day to do something simple, like write in a journal, could make you feel better about your job and relieve any burnout you experience after CNA training?

It can. Keeping a journal is very beneficial after CNA training, for many reasons. Here are just a few.

 

Benefits of Journaling After CNA Training

  • Relieves Stress- One of the most important reasons to keep a journal after CNA training is that it relieves stress. Life as a CNA can be very stressful, and writing out your frustrations and emotions can help minimize your anger and help address the feelings you are having to your coworkers, job, or patients.
  • Keep Track of Tasks- There are so many things to do on a given day when you’re a CNA. You may have help one patient with their bath, while another need assistance getting dressed, and another needs help making their bed. It’s hard to keep track of everything you’ve done sometimes, and that’s where a journal can help. Write down each job you have to do (avoiding actually naming the patients to protect their privacy) and then check each one off as you do it. This will not only help you develop a routine, but it will help you become more organized and focused.
  • Accomplish Goals- Just because you completed CNA training and found a job doesn’t mean you’ve met all your goals in live. Keep track of them in your journal so you are constantly reminded of what you are searching for. As you meet each goal, write down what you did to achieve it and then write a little about what type of experience you had when you did. Writing all of this down will help you later on when you need to update your resume’s accomplishment section.

How to Write in Your Journal After CNA Training

Think that writing in a journal will be hard after CNA training? It doesn’t have to be. Set aside five minutes every night to write something down. Before long, you won’t even have to think about it; you’ll automatically want to write in the journal. Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips.

  • Don’t think, just write. This isn’t going to be graded by your CNA training instructor, so don’t worry about punctuation or spelling. Just get your thoughts and feelings out on paper.
  • Don’t’ think that you have to write a novel every time you open your journal. Maybe you just need to write down a couple of sentences. That’s fine. Remember your journal is for you.
  • Always avoid naming patients, as this could be considered a violation of their privacy. Instead, you could call patients “A” or “B.” You could even refer to male patients as John Doe and female patients as Jane Doe.

Writing in a journal can help relieve stress and burnout after CNA training. Don’t believe us? Try it today and see how much better you feel about your patients, your life, and your accomplishments after CNA training.

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