Being a CNA is a wonderful career full of rewarding experiences. There’s nothing more exciting than just finishing up with CNA school and venturing out into the work place with a brand new set of nursing assistant skills. With that excitement comes a little bit of anxiousness. You may be questioning yourself, and even over-thinking the brand new job ahead of you. Until you have mastered you’re trade, you may find that nerves are normal. With time, you’ll be fully seasoned and training a new hire! Until you do, lets go over the CNA basics.
Getting To Know Your Facility
You’re first few weeks at work can be overwhelming, but it helps to put things into perspective. No one expects you to be perfect, and everyone knows that learning takes time. You will be taken on a tour of your facility, at which time it is very important to pay attention! You do want to impress everyone right from the start by remembering where the supply closet is right?! Here are a few more things to look out for:
-Literature: Medical dictionaries, references, etc.
If you are not given a tour, just ask for one. If you need another tour, just ask! It’s better that you know what you need to do and no one cares if you ask questions. You are there to do your job, and until you feel comfortable with your surroundings you may need a walk through a number of times. Even the seasoned pro’s ask questions!
What To Have Handy
When you buy your scrubs, it’s a good idea to have a lot of pockets, because odds are you will be utilizing them! It’s not fun to run back and fourth to your locker or desk for a pen! As you go, you will figure out what you want to have with you or not. Until you do, here are a few universal items to get you started. Have in your pockets and on you at all times:
-Black or blue ink pen
-Small travel lotion, for your hands from washing them all the time.
-Work ID or Badge
Often times facilities will have little reminders attached to them. If not, make a cheat sheet for yourself with reminders on it such as abbreviations, codes, positions, and emergency procedures. Laminate it and tuck it in your pocket.
When in doubt, write everything down! Refer to your cheat sheets as often as you need to. You are not expected to be perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. Remind yourself that you are in a learning stage, and until you are confident, those nerve may linger. Take deep breaths, keep your head held high and your ears and eyes peeled. You will have it all down in no time! One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given, is to pay close attention to your co-workers. The ones who have been doing it for many years have the tricks of the trade down! Take a mental note as their advice will save you in the long run. Last but not least, congratulations new CNAs and good luck!