Your CNA training gives you the fundamentals. With the knowledge you’ll gain, you will be able to perform the necessary duties required for your new career. But what about the character qualities of a great CNA? Read the following and see if your personality and work ethic lines up with the makings of a remarkable CNA.
Beyond CNA Training – Character Traits
1. Compassion: The knowledge you’ll acquire during CNA training is nothing without a good dose of compassion. Have you ever met a doctor or medical worker without a compassionate bedside manner? A hospital stay or transition into a residential facility is a stressful time for both the patient as well as family members. Your job is to be an advocate for your patient in every way, from noticing his or her emotions to carefully documenting and explaining any medical situations or procedures.
2. Patience: As you learned during CNA training, the ability to work quickly and efficiently is key to your success. But efficiency must never take precedence over quality of care. Take the time to assess each patient and only help them with tasks they are unable to complete on their own. Never rush your patient through meals, hygiene or toileting.
3. Passion: CNA training can’t make you love what you do. It’s either in you or it’s not, and either way, –it’s evident to all. Using your cell phone while working, having a negative attitude, or coasting through duties and shifts just waiting for your next day off are all signs that this may not be the career path for you.
4. Reliability: A reliable CNA will not only show up for work on time, but will also do what he or she promises to patients. Never tell a patient you’ll be right back or that you’ll bring them something without making good on it. Your patients trust is key to a healthy relationship and work atmosphere.
5. Flexible: Did you learn in CNA training that situations and duties can turn on a dime? As a CNA, you are dealing with lives, –and lives are sometimes messy. You’ll experience accidents, spills, grumpy or emotional patients, anxious relatives, and an entire host of interruptions. You’ll have to learn to roll with situations as they come.
6. Self-disciplined: Patients, residents and other CNA’s are often difficult to deal with. A great CNA has the ability to maintain self control of emotions and feelings. Self discipline also involves staying totally professional and present while at work. You probably learned about self discipline during your CNA training, but a constant self-inventory of your work habits is necessary to stay on top of your game.
7. Focused: The frazzled, unorganized CNA will fail 100% of the time. Multitasking is part of your daily routine but the ability to remain focused on your residents and their needs should always be in the forefront of your mind. It’s a delicate balance to be sure. If you have a difficult time organizing your day, schedule CNA training continuing education to help in this area. Fortunately, this is a trait that can be developed with practice.
So, how did you do with the above character traits. Are you still ready to enroll in CNA training classes and get on the path to a new career? Leave us a comment and let us know!