What’s That Smell? How to Deal With Odors After CNA Training

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Let’s face it. There are many odors associated with becoming a CNA. Some will be caused by the job, while others will be caused by your habits and choices. After CNA training, you will have to figure out how to deal with all of these odors to protect the sensitivities of yourself, your co-workers, and other residents.


Today, we are going to discuss a couple of the most pungent odors you may have to deal with after CNA training.


Dealing With Odors After CNA Training


Smoke- Whether you are a smoker or a non-smoker, you know that after you smoke, you have the odor of cigarettes on your clothing, skin, breath and in your hair. There’s no avoiding it. However, you can do something about it. If you smoke after CNA training, take some time to clean up before you go back to your duties with your residents. Wash your hands, brush your teeth, and apply some lotion. One of the best solutions I have seen for this problem was in the first nursing home I worked in after CNA training. A CNA I worked with purchased a small spray bottle, tiny enough to fit in her scrub pocket. She then filled it with Febreeze. This solution worked wonders on eliminating the smell of smoke.


Those Unpleasant Smells- A CNA’s life is full of bowel movements, urine, vomit, death, and decay. It seems unpleasant, but that’s just the way it is. In CNA training you will learn that if you can’t put up with these issues, you may want to consider finding employment in some other field. It can be difficult, though, to deal with these unpleasant smells. There are a few tricks of the trade you can use, however, to make it easier.


  • The Febreeze Trick- The same trick used to cover up and rid your clothing of that smoke smell can do the same for unpleasant odors that have seeped into your clothing. Keep in mind though, this will only work for odors. If your clothes have become contaminated, they will need to be washed.


  • Vicks Vapor Rub- If you simply can’t stomach the smell of some of the tasks you need to complete as a CNA, try rubbing a bit of Vicks Vapor Rub under your nose before you walk into your patient’s room. This will block out any odors, and you will only be able to smell the vapor rub.


  • Oils- If you aren’t a fan of the vapor rub odor, and need something to cover up the smell during your CNA training clinical or when you are employed after CNA training, consider using oils. Lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil all give off pleasant odors and will prevent you from having to smell anything you don’t want to smell.


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Are the odors of your job getting to you? Learn how to deal with them after CNA training so you can perform your job correctly and protect the sensitivities of your co-workers, patients, and employer.

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