It shouldn’t come as a shock that there is a big difference between an experienced CNA and a CNA who has just completed CNA training. While you may both have the initials “CNA” after your name, that doesn’t mean the new CNA working with you is going to be able to step out onto the floor and perform every duty by herself.
It’s just not going to happen, and that’s okay.
When a new CNA finishes CNA training, you have a responsibility to her from the first day she enters the medical facility. You need to welcome her, provide her with the information she needs, and give her the support and respect she deserves as a fellow healthcare worker.
How to Help New CNAs After CNA Training
- Introduce Yourself- The first step you should take with a new CNA just out of CNA training is introducing yourself and making her feel welcome. Get to know her a little better and ask questions that will let you know what her strengths and weaknesses are. She will be more likely to discuss her strengths at this time, especially if she is nervous because they will help her feel more confident and secure in her new position.
- Introduce Other CNAs- The next step you should take is introducing her to her other co-workers. This will help her feel as if she is truly becoming part of the team after CNA training. Other co-workers may have advice for her as well and may be able to give her the “inside-scoop” on how things operate in your medical facility.
- Verbalize- If you are assigned to assist the new CNA on her first day of work after CNA training, be mindful of how you go about your day. When you receive the shift report, tell her exactly how you are going to approach the day and answer any questions she might have. When you are caring for patients, verbalize everything you are doing so she will understand what is going on and won’t feel as overwhelmed. If she asks questions or needs assistance, approach her in a positive manner. This will show her that she isn’t a burden, but someone you trust and respect as a co-worker.
- Give it Time- Do you remember what it felt like when you were first working after CNA training? It might have been overwhelming, not to mention difficult if your co-workers didn’t assist you properly. It also probably took you quite a while to catch onto the routine, make sure you never forgot any of the tasks you learned in CNA training, and know the names and health concerns of patients. Don’t be impatient with this new CNA; give her time to adjust to her new surrounding and become acclimated to the way the team works. Over time, she will be flying right beside you, assisting patients quickly and efficiently just like you.