Your Career After CNA Training: Coping with Short Staffing

cna training Your Career After CNA Training

As a certified nursing assistant you are ready to work after your CNA training. One thing you may not have planned on was working at a facility that does not have enough employees to provide quality care to the patients. When your workload increases, patients suffer. If your shift is constantly experiencing staffing issues, you must learn how to effectively cope within the environment. Once you put some coping strategies in place, patient outcomes and job satisfaction will improve.

CNA Training & Prioritizing Your Day

  • Arrive to Work Early- It is true that if you get a late start, your entire day is ruined. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early. You will be aware of any staffing problems early, be able to talk to the CNAs on the previous shift, and schedule your day properly so you can avoid any additional stress. Getting to work early will also let your patients know you are prepared.
  • List Your Assignments From Most Important to Least Important- Every task on your schedule has a level of importance. There are some things that must be taken care of in a reasonable amount of time. Other things can wait until after lunch or when things have settled down. Know what things you can put off without jeopardizing patient care. The skills you learned in CNA training will help you figure this out.

Skills You Learned in CNA Training

  • Licensed Personnel Often Need Assistance- If you are finished with your assignments for the day, ask a licensed nurse if help is needed. Sometimes patients have issues that only a licensed nurse can handle and sometimes you maybe able to help. Weight checks, vital signs and transfers are skills you learned. You often use these skills several times a day. Make it easy on your coworkers and lend a hand if needed.

After CNA Training – Taking Care of Yourself

  • Exercise, Eat Healthy Foods and Sleep- Patients and families can tell when a nurse is tense or stressed out. This can make your patients uncomfortable and afraid to ask for help when it is truly needed. Your training prepares you for working with patients, but you must also take care of yourself. Just like anything in life, you will not perform at your best if you are not in the best shape you can be in.
  • Maintain a Positive Outlook- Some days will be more eventful than others. You have to look for the positive in every situation even if you would rather be in your bed asleep.

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  • Families Can Help With Your Workload- In your CNA training you learned about the importance of letting family help your patient on the road to recovery. This is the time to implement it. Families are often afraid to ask if there is some way to help, but helping their loved ones take baths and get dressed are small things that can make a huge difference in your workload.

CNA training does not teach you about short staffing but will provide you with the professional skills needed to cope. Every profession experiences short staffing occasionally. Fall back on what you learned in CNA training and you’ll be able to function even through the stress of short staffing.

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