Now that CNA training is over and you’re well into your new career, you may be feeling a bit blended in with the crowd. This is especially true if you’re working in a large facility with hundreds of other CNA’s. If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd so you’ll be in line for the next raise, more hours, better shifts, and more, –here’s a list of four ways to stand out after CNA training:
Your Career After CNA Training – Standing Out from the Crowd
- On Time – Believe it or not, one of the top ways to stand out from the rest of the staff after CNA training is through your attendance. Your reliability is key when superiors are looking for someone to promote, to train other CNA’s or to place in key positions of responsibility. Trust us, if you want to be recognized, the first step is to be absent as little as possible and to always be on time. You’ll soon develop a reputation for reliability and your superiors will trust that you’re a person of integrity. This is what promotable people are made of.
- Never Complain – You may have learned to be a problem solver during your CNA training, because, after all, that’s what a good CNA does. You’re already responsible for the health and well being of another person (or persons) and that takes numerous decisions every day. The key here is to solve the problems and complete your tasks without complaining. Your job will sometimes be difficult or even completely taxing. Sometimes your patients will not cooperate. Learn to deal with this and still keep a positive attitude and a smile on your face. That’s priceless.
Not only is it important not to complain directly about your position or duties, but you should also never complain about another staff member. If someone is not doing their job, speak to them first. Then, if there is no other way to deal with the issue, you may need to discuss it with a superior. CNA training doesn’t teach you these things, but you’ll have to draw upon common sense and your own interpersonal skills.
- Have a Team Attitude – Always go the extra mile to promote team spirit and always help others out. You probably didn’t learn this in CNA training either, but helping one another and working as a team will not only make the day and duties easier but it will show to your superiors that you know how to lead a team and develop a positive group attitude. This can go a long way when it’s time to choose someone for a promotion.
- Be a Proactive Thinker – We all know you’ll have to think on your feet after CNA training. Although you’ll have a schedule of duties and tasks to complete, every day will have it’s own surprises. As you’re going through your daily routine, be sure to take notice of improvements that can be made, especially if they’ll save time and help the entire team. This is a strong leadership quality that is sure to be recognized.
By following the four tips above, you’ll quickly become an indispensable part of your workplace. For more information on CNA training and career tips, keep following our blog.