After your months of CNA training is complete and you’re well on your way to a rewarding career, it is definitely not the time to stop learning, growing and improving. In fact, quite the opposite is true. If you’ve recently started a new job after CNA training, you’ll have an acclimation period. It takes some time to get in the groove, figure out your schedule, and find the shortcuts and timesavers that are right for you.
What CNA Training May Not Teach You
Besides all this, it’s very important to strive for perfection but to also take ownership of your mistakes. This is what no amount of CNA training can ever teach you, but what is absolutely imperative to your career. According to the 2012 Professionalism in the Workplace Study conducted by the Center for Professional Excellence at York College of Pennsylvania, common unprofessional qualities include:
- Lack of dedication
- Poor communication
- Inappropriate appearance
- Sense of entitlement
- Being easily distracted
- Poor attitude
In today’s article, we’ve taken two different CNA’s and examined their level of professionalism.
Meet Heather – When Heather shows up for work, it’s at least five minutes late. She arrives looking stressed, unkempt, and often with wrinkled or stained scrubs. Heather also does the absolute minimum as far as her work goes. Never known as the “above and beyond” CNA training graduate, she was recently reviewed by a panel of her peers.
When her problem areas were verbalized by other CNA training graduates, Heather became defensive and angry. Her actions are an example of an individual who lacks self-awareness, which is a necessary trait of good CNA training graduates. It’s absolutely vital to own your mistakes, realizing they can affect others, and constantly strive to improve.
Meet Faith - While she has off days and makes mistakes just like any CNA training graduate does, Faith is quick to own her mistakes, learn from them, discuss them, and actively look for ways to improve. Always eager to help and never quick to appear bothered or annoyed, it’s easy for Faith’s peers to overlook her shortcomings and occasional mistakes. Why? Because Faith has a strong sense of self awareness. She realizes everything she says and does affects others either positively or negatively.
Which CNA training graduate would you rather work with? Of course, the answer is Faith. You can actually BE a Faith, –all it takes is a little practice in self awareness. Choose to realize the importance of constant assessment and improvement.
We all fall into bad habits once in a while, but the way we get out of them and turn things around is what makes a great CNA training graduate!
CNA Training Graduate Workday Questions
Before starting your workday, ask yourself the following questions:
- What am I bringing with me emotionally. Be aware of feelings and behaviors that can affect your performance?
- Am I smiling?
- Am I able to receive advice and direction with a smile?
- Is my motive today to touch lives for good?
A few questions will help you to be more self aware, and help you to be the absolute best CNA training graduate possible!