The first day of my CNA training clinicals was a blur of excitement and fear. I wanted to make the best first impression I could. After all, this was not just another part of CNA training that determined whether I passed or failed the class. It was a test- a test to see whether I had what it took to make it in this field of study. It was a test to see whether I’d even like being a CNA.
A Positive CNA Training Clinical Experience
For many of you going through CNA training right now, getting through clinicals will be one of the hardest parts. I’m going to let you in on a few tips and ideas for making the experience the best and most positive it can be.
The first step that we’re going to talk about today is timeliness. While being on time may not seem like it will make or break you during CNA training clinicals, it will. Why?
- When you’re late you can miss out on information and assignments.
- When you’re late, your entire team has to wait on you.
- Being late for clinicals can get you expelled from the program, meaning you’ll have to start CNA training all over again.
Timeliness and you During CNA Training Clinicals
Those are just a few reasons that being on time is so crucial. Let’s look at them more in-depth.
- Instructions- Those few minutes before you rush off to take part in new experiences are important during CNA training, as many instructors use this time to help get you ready for the day. They may offer helpful advice on what you’ll be doing during the day, offer insights into their own experiences that you can use, and even refresh your memory on a few clinical skills. This is the best time to ask questions if you have them as well. If you’re late, you miss out on every bit of information they will give you.
- Teamwork- Being a part of a team is something you’ll have to get used to after CNA training. You work with others, and you’ll need their help. When you show up late, everyone has to wait for you before they begin their work. This can put you behind, make you look unprofessional, and keep you from taking care of your patients the right way.
- Dismissal- At best, a CNA training instructor will reprimand you for being late. At worst, they’ll send you home. Unfortunately, most programs don’t allow for clinical make-up. This means that even missing one day could mean you don’t qualify to take the state exam. You’ll have to wait until another CNA training class starts AGAIN, pay the fee AGAIN, and sit through the classroom portion AGAIN before you can get back to the clinical stage of this training.
How important is timeliness when it comes to your clinicals? If you want to become a CNA, be part of a team, and make a great first impression, don’t be late for clinicals during CNA training.