Are you thinking of becoming a CNA, or have you just finished a Certified Nurse Assistant Program? Good for you! You have just entered into a field that is highly rewarding, and gives you a lot to be proud of.
Here are five things every new CNA needs to know, moving forward.
1) It Doesn’t Have To Stop Here
You have finished your training, and that is great. But most people who become CNA’s are not looking to end their careers there. They have started in the medical field, and now are going to continue on to enter either nursing, or medical administration.
Use your time as a CNA to get experience. Then go back to school if you want to go further in the field.
2) Your Job Is Indispensable
Doctors and nurses would be lost without you…seriously. There is a reason so many CNA’s are needed on any medical floor. They gather critical data, help patients with tasks that nurses and doctors just don’t have time for, and comfort those patients and their family in their time of need.
Without you, things would fall apart.
3) It Is Time To Hit Those Weights
Being physically strong is a must for any CNA. You will have to help lift patients, carry heavy things, keep them propped up during bathing, and stay on your feet almost constantly. Physical fitness is very important, so get to the gym and start lifting weights.
Trust me, you will be glad you did.
4) Your Emotional Care Is As Important As Physical
You are not just helping patients with the physical tasks. You are also going to be helping their emotional and mental well being. Work on that bedside manner, be kind and patient, and provide comfort when needed to both the patients and their family members.
Never forget how frightened they could be, or how much pain they may be in. You are there to help them through the experience.
5) You Can Get Burned Out, Quickly
Every CNA is going to experience burnout at some point. In the beginning it is even more common, and within a few months you could feel like you are already prepared to quit.
Don’t give up. Take frequent breaks through the day, relax when you get home, and do whatever makes you happy. This will help prevent caregiver burnout, which happens to people in all medical positions.