So, you’ve completed your CNA training, and now you are hard at work at your new job. Well, you’ve made a few mistakes, and actually you came in late a couple of times. Then, of course there was that time you didn’t show up because you had car trouble. Now your peers and the head nurse seem to be avoiding you, or are they? Is it just paranoia or should you start looking for a new job? A lot of new CNA’s have trouble with their first job right out of CNA training. There is a lot to adjust to and a lot to learn. You also probably found out pretty quickly that CNA training didn’t fully prepare you for a real career and all of the stress and demands. If you think you’ve gone too far and may be next on the chopping block, take a look at the following list.
First Job After CNA Training? Here Are 5 Signs You May be Fired Soon
- You’re left out of conversations and decision making: If you used to be in the loop but find yourself increasingly treated like an outsider, especially when the registered nurse in charge is discussing new ideas for the future, you may have reason to worry.
- New CNAs have recently been added to the staff: If two or three new CNAs, fresh out of CNA training are suddenly taking over some of your hours, or are being cross trained for the same position you hold, you may be in trouble. Unless this is a normal part of this facility, your time there may be limited.
- You made a major mistake that’s still being talked about: Let’s face it, although you are responsible for your actions and mistakes after CNA training, your floor nurse is responsible to her boss for whatever you do, or fail to do. If you made a major mistake that staff or patients are still feeling the effects of, this too could be a sign of trouble.
- You’ve received written warnings: Unless you are still in your 90 day probationary period, you can’t just be fired for making a mistake. According to the laws of most states, your boss needs to have proof of your misdeeds. When you are close to the end of the line, some bosses start writing up the employee in question in order to establish evidence. If you’ve recently received written warnings, especially for small infractions, beware.
- Peers have dropped you: Everyone ultimately wants to save their own hide. If some of the aides you attended CNA training with who work with you are suddenly avoiding you, this is a good indication that the word is out. You may not have much time left.
Career Advice After CNA Training
Okay, so you may have blown your first position after CNA training. it’s not the end of the world. As long as you didn’t do anything that can strip you of your certification, you’re good. We suggest you hold your head up high and continue to hold onto your current position as long as possible while you are looking actively for a new job.
Even though you may have crossed the line in some way with your current employer, you may still be able to get a good reference or referral from them. This will look much better on your resume than simply listing your CNA training, so don’t do anything out of panic or anger. Don’t walk off the job, don’t start calling in sick. Continue to do your job until you have secured another position.
After CNA training you may not do so well on your first job. Don’t let this ruin your chance at a rewarding career. Learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward.
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