Whether you’ll be starting your very first career after CNA training, or switching to a new field after years of employment in a completely different industry, there’s always a certain amount of anxiety to be expected. You’re not alone. According to research studies reported by Psychology Magazine, the top 10 causes of stress in an individual’s life include the following:
- Death in the family
- Move to a new location
- Financial problems
- Starting a new career
- Losing a job
- Getting married
- An addition to the family
- Serious illness or accident involving yourself or family member
- Being demoted
As you can see, the list above is not only filled with tragedies that we would expect to be a source of stress, but it includes exciting and happy occasions as well. Getting married and having a baby (or adding to the family) rank right up there in the top ten with starting a new career. Okay, so you’re not alone, big deal, right? You still don’t want to deal with the anxiety, loss of sleep, and headaches that often come with fear. Let’s break it down and learn how to get through your CNA training with minimal fear, stress and anxiety.
Dealing With the Stress of CNA Training
First, let’s look at CNA training. By putting things in proper perspective, we can often alleviate most of our anxiety. Although CNA training will be something new to you, it will also be a new experience for each one of the students who take the CNA training class with you. You’re not going to be the only one who fails or the one who makes a fool of yourself. The worst thing that can happen during CNA training is coming to class unprepared, failing to study, being late, or missing a class altogether. If you prepare for those things, you can avoid them.
Another way to battle anxiety is head on. Instead of sitting back and wringing your hands, hoping your instructor doesn’t ask you any questions after she demonstrated the proper way to take a blood pressure reading, why don’t you take ownership of your CNA training. Be assertive. You should raise your hand first and ask questions. By taking the first step, you’ll have the upper hand, you’ll be in control, and you won’t have to worry about looking foolish. More often than not, if you don’t understand, there will be others in the classroom who don’t understand the procedure either. They may have the same questions but are battling with their own anxiety. By making the first move you will build a sense of comradery among the students and put yourself in a positive position.
After CNA Training – Your Licensing Exam
After you’ve successfully completed your CNA training, the only thing standing between you and your new, rewarding career is your licensing exam. Although this is also a major source of stress for many, you can overcome this as well. If you’ve studied and prepared yourself, make a list of the things you are worried about. Are they valid or are they just blanket statements like, “I might fail.” If they are blanket statements, go deeper. Ask yourself why you think you might fail and write that down as well. If it’s something fixable, such as, “I don’t understand how to move a patient properly,” go back to your CNA training instructor for additional help.
By pinpointing the exact source of your anxiety, you can face your fears, do something about them and move on from CNA training to your new CNA career!