Everything about starting your first CNA job is exciting and sometimes scary. Working in the healthcare filed several years as a Certified Nursing Assistant and talking to others I have found 7 things that we have found that your first CNA job can teach you.
1.You might hate it.
Or you might love it. You should never let your first job make you doubt your choice to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Sometimes where you work can make all the difference. Don't give up there are plenty of opportunities out there for CNAs. Maybe a nursing home setting isn’t for you. Have you tried home health aide, or maybe local hospitals?
2.Honesty is the best policy.
Never do anything that might put your CNA Certification in jeopardy, so if anything goes wrong (even if it was your mistake), always come clean with the truth. You should never do anything that you have not been trained or certified to do.
3.There’s no such thing as a stupid question.
Although everyone in your unit knows this is your first CNA job, sometimes you feel like you’re just thrown into the routine. Now is the time to ask all the questions. If you don’t understand something, ask. No one expects you to know everything.
4.Offer support to co-workers.
Step up and help your fellow co-workers. You’ll be equally supported without even having to ask.
You will have Bad days as well as some days that will be wonderful with easygoing patients and helpful co-workers. Remember why you are doing this. How much your clients appreciate your help.
Set goals that help your passion for patients and the CNA profession. What do you want to be doing the next 5 or 10 years? What can you do to make a difference?
7.Your off-time is important
Take care of yourself when you’re not on-the-job.
Before you know it, your skills and confidence as a Certified Nursing Assistant will outweigh your fear and doubt.