We live in a crazy world, and it never hurts to be prepared for those circumstances you never think will happen. After CNA training, many of you will arrive or leave from work before the sun comes up or after it goes down. You will often park in poorly-lit and under-patrolled garages and parking lots. Thieves and predators know this, and take advantage of these environments.
For this reason, it is essential that you are prepared and know what to do in an emergency situation.
Protecting Yourself After CNA Training
There are several things you should consider after CNA training in order to ensure you are prepared to protect yourself if the worst should happen.
- Thieves- If a thief walks up to you and demand that you hand over your purse or wallet, don’t simply just hand it over. Give it a toss; most likely the thief will be more interested in the money in your purse than you, giving you a chance to run in the opposite direction, either back to your vehicle or inside your medical facility.
- ID- Be prepared for thieves and muggers by ensuring no identification is in your purse or wallet. Instead, keep these items in your car or in another wallet that isn’t inside your purse.
- Your Vehicle and Cell Phone- When a situation does arise after CNA training, the most powerful tools you will have are your cell phone and vehicle. If at all possible, don’t give them up. And, make sure your cell phone’s GPS tracking option is on at all times, just in case it is needed.
Getting into Your Vehicle After CNA Training
If you work second or third shift after CNA training, chances are you will be leaving your medical facility while it is still dark out. Here are some tips for approaching and getting into your vehicle after CNA training.
- Always have your keys out and ready when you approach your vehicle. This will allow you to open your car door quickly after CNA training, and provides you with a weapon if you are attacked.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Scan the parking lot or garage to determine who is with you and always look into your car before getting in. Check the passenger seat, back seat, and back floorboard.
- If a large vehicle is parked next to your driver’s side and you do not recognize it, don’t take chances. Get into your car from the passenger side or ask someone to escort you to your car.
- As soon as you get into your vehicle after CNA training, lock the door and leave! Don’t sit there thinking about the day, balancing your checkbook, or attempting to see if you have any change for a soda at the gas station in town.
Don’t be passive about your own safety after CNA training. If you arrive or leave work in the dark, make sure you are prepared for worst, and hopefully you will never have to use any of these tips after CNA training.