Your job after CNA training won’t be easy, and many times you will be doing everything you possibly can throughout the day just to beat the clock. You will be racing from one demanding resident to the next, smoothing family members’ ruffled feathers, and helping other CNAs complete their tasks, all while trying to do everything you need to do during an eight hour shift.
No, after CNA training, you will find that life as a CNA can be demanding and hectic. And while CNA training will prepare you for many things, it cannot prepare you for every bump in the road. CNA training, can, however, help you become an organized nursing assistant with a good grip on time management so you have enough seconds in the day to deal with minor mishaps that often occur.
In the following article, we will review two of the duties you learned how to perform in CNA training, toileting and dressing your patients, and will give you a few tips on how to save time during these duties.
Toileting and Dressing Your Patients After CNA Training
Every day you work after CNA training, try to arrive at the medical facility at least 15 minutes ahead of the time you are scheduled. This will provide you with the opportunity to speak to the CNAs who were on the previous shift and find out what matters you need to attend to. Take notes and make sure to ask if there were any tasks the previous shift’s aides were unable to complete.
Every resident within your medical facility after CNA training will need to be dressed, toileted, and redressed frequently. This can take a lot of time, but with the following tips, you can shave that time in half after CNA training.
- As soon as you start your shift, go to each patient’s bathroom and set up all of the oral care products, clothing, wash clothes, towels, and hair brushes they will need during the day. If the bathroom has a heat lamp, turn it on so it can warm up the room. This is especially important in the morning hours, when the air is much cooler. This will prevent your patients from having to sit on a cold toilet as soon as they wake up. If there is no heat lamp in the bathroom, make sure the door is open so the bathroom has a chance to heat up.
- If your residents are ambulatory, take them to the toilet. Here you can perform several tasks at once. You can brush their hair, get them dressed, and wash their face, all while they are toileting, leaving only their teeth to brush once they are done. Let the patient do as much as they can to promote independence. Once they are done toileting, make sure they are clean and dry so they are ready to go.
- After you have the resident up and ready for their day, it will be your responsibility to clean their room and make their bed. During CNA training, you were taught how to correctly make a patient’s bed, so do this as quickly as you can. Let your resident help you with other tasks if they are able. Make sure you have set out a change of sheets and bedding before waking up your patient to save some time. Remove all of the dirty clothing and bedding from the room, as you learned during CNA training, and then set aside a change of clothing later in the day.
Organization and Multitasking Are Key After CNA Training
Organization and multitasking are key after CNA training to ensure you are able to complete each of the tasks you have to perform during a shift. Don’t let the endless duties run you ragged, learn how to stay on track by mapping out a routine, keeping notes, and working smart after CNA training.