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New CNA in Town 10 Great Tips for Quick Job Adaptation

Why is it that some certified nursing assistants have trouble fitting in when starting a new job, whiles others have no trouble adapting?  Its because these individuals have learned to listen, observe and ask questions. 

Although, most of the CNA job are similar in nature, when working in a new environment or company there may be different policies to learn and rules to follow.  When you begin a new job, you want to understand the assignments that you will be performing. Its important to ask questions about things that your confused about.  Whether its during your interview, the orientation process, and when you first start working on the floor.

If you’re about to embark on a new certified nursing assistant job and are concerned about fitting in, here 10 great tips for a smooth transition:

1.   Get things in Order
If your planning on working in another state, you will be required to have the paper work ready to begin working.  If you haven’t done so already, you will need to contact the state registry for instructions on how to transfer your CNA certification.  In some states you will also be required to show proof current immunizations and a TB skin test.  What does this have to do with fitting in on the job?  If your scheduled to work and don’t have all of your paperwork in order, you will be sent home, leaving the other workers short staffed.  This can make for a bad first impression.

2.   Know the policies of the workplace
Once you are hired at a company, you will want to learn about the polices and procedures of you new work environment.  Do they require you to work holidays, wear a certain uniform?  What about certain protocols for specific situations?

3.   Handle your assignments
As a professional certified nursing assistant, its ok to ask for help.  But, it your constantly asking for help, that interferes with others getting their assignments done, this can led to co workers feeling that you’re an inadequate CNA.  When dealing with new residents it ok to ask for help, so that you can become familiar with their situation.  You should handle your tasks as effectively as possible.

4.   Know your Job Description
Working as a certified nursing assistant, you should only be doing what is in your scope of practice.  Never to anything that you have not been trained and qualified to do. 

5.   Get to know your Resident/Patients
By getting to know your residents or patients you will be better at providing the care that they need.  Besides, they are the reason you are there.

6.  Interacting With Staff
Getting to know your co workers in a great way for you to relate to other certified nursing assistants.  Socialization is important in the work environment. 

7.  Deal With Conflicts Rationally
Your not going to get along with every co worker that you come in contact with. Sometimes individuals chemistry is just off and just don’t mix.  Is never ok to create a hostile work environment.  Even if you don’t get along with other co workers its best not to engage in gossiping behind their backs or by taking down to them.  Treat others as though you would want to be treated. 

8.  Don’t Bring Your Drama to Work
You should never bring your personal problems to work with you.  Everyone has situations that they may be dealing with. Work should stay at work and home life should stay at home.  When you are at your workplace you are a professional, act like a professional.

9.  Work as a team member
Work as a team member, offer a lending hand when needed.  As a healthcare staff we are all in this together.  By working together as a team, better outcomes of patient care can be achieved. 

10.  Positive attitude
No one wants to work with a negative Nancy, and I’m sure that no resident or patient wants to be taken care of by someone who always has a scorned face.  I know I wouldn’t.  This gives the impression that you don’t value your job and really don’t want to be there.

Changes to a new job takes some adjusting to get used to. Although these tips won’t entirely ensure a textbook transition into your new CNA job,  they are a good starting place.