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No matter how long you have been a CNA/MA or if you're aspiring to become one, this list contains some wonderful advice that anyone can learn from! From call light responsibility to professional respect it's important to remember many of these tips to make your experience easier.by miabia Jul 20, '12
I'm very proud of my life in nursing. I cared for family at a very young age and when I was able to get certified I jumped at the opportunity. Many say they played house when they were children, I was able to play nurse and it was fantastic. There are things that I think ALL CNA/MA's need to know that they either forget or just blow off.
(1) Not answering a call light that is on a different hall then yours is neglect. There is nothing stopping you from stopping in there to say, "What can I help you with" or what not.
(2) If a patient tells you they are wet and you dont change them or you tell the CNA/MA thats responsible that they need to go do it...thats neglect. It takes a maximum of 5-6 minutes to change an adult depending on how bad the situation is. If you need to go get help just explain that to the patient and do it promptly. Not 5, 10, 15 minutes later.
(3) If you're in this job for the "banging paycheck" you're in the wrong job. Healthcare, like teaching, will never get you a vacation house in Spain. Its a job about being compassionate and caring about the people you work for. Remember your patients are paying YOU to take care of them. Not the other way around.
(4) Your Professionals (LPNS, RNS etc) are not idiots. Do not treat them as such. Instead consider being able to work beside them free education. If you choose to goto nursing school, skills that you've learned from helping your professionals will assist you. Plus in the long run it helps having those professionals as refrences on your resume for other jobs.
(5) Nicknames (Sweetie, honey, sweetheart, grandma, grandpa etc etc) are not appropriate at anytime. They are considered demeaning and abusive. You may mean well but it just takes ONE complaint.
(6) Do not do unprescribed drugs or anything illegal when you are at or not at work. If one med goes missing from the medication cart ALL staff members present are required to take a urine test. I have seen MANY CNA's think that just because they aren't passing meds they wont be subjected to this and get fired for THC and various other things in their system. Its NOT worth it.
(7) CNA/MA work is difficult but it is an incredible experience if you work as a team. I work with 1 professional, myself and 2 CNA's. We are able to do our job 150% every day because we dont think, "Oh I do more than you or you do more than me" we help eachother out and let each other have a bad day everyonce in a while. Your job is only as hard as YOU MAKE IT.
(8) Care for everyone the same as you would want yourself to be cared for. Talk to them while your doing peri cares to make them comfortable. Learn about them, respect privacy and modesty and give the best cares possible.
(9) No one cares if you're having a crappy day. Now I know in 7 I said we allowed eachother to have a bad day BUT do not take it out on each other or your patients. Its not their fault. Vent if you need to and get it out of your system but do not treat others poorly because you're in a bad mood.
(10) Be active in your education. Don't just limit yourself to being a CNA/MA. Take it as a learning experience and go professional. If you're an excellent CNA/MA then I have no doubt that you'd be an incredible professional. Remember your professionals are your best source to free education in the work place. They've gone to college longer than you have and they do know a few things.Last edit by Joe V on Jul 22, '12
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- Jul 21, '12 by mstearns09I wish I could post this in our break room. I work with a couple of CNAs/CMAs who need to read this.
- Jul 21, '12 by TheCommuterThank you for this very sage list of advice! It is full of wisdom.
- Jul 21, '12 by miabiaWhen I was 4 years old my grandmother took custody of me and I helped do everything for her short of personal cares. When she died 7 years later I started taking care of my other grandmother after school who required skilled nursing care when a home health aide was not avaliable. I did that for 4 years. When I turned 18 I obtained my cna/ma license and have been doing it for 4.5 years professionally. I think its important that people understand these kinds of things. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of what I would call the best care givers in the world certified or licensed. These are just a few of the things I find myself repeating to new orientating CNA/MA's at the facilities I've worked for so I assumed many may like a gentle reminder of some things we should know.
- Jul 21, '12 by billyboblewisVery interesting letter and I hope that the writer who is a CNA? continues her education because she certainly has the ability to learn and do more. I believe the best way to survive in that position is to follow instructions and do the best you can. Politeness to all is a requirement considering you are at the bottom of the totem pole. I was a cna for half a year when I went on to continue my education in the military, etc. If you are not happy in the job you should look for other work which at that pay level there is plenty.
- Jul 21, '12 by miabiaI am a CNA/MA and have recently been accepted into the BSN nursing program.
- Jul 21, '12 by billyboblewisYou have my best wishes and hope that you can bring your caring to patients who often do not receive the care they deserve because they are left in the hands of employees who think they are just owed a paycheck and administration that is worried about profits. thank you spell check btw
- Jul 21, '12 by GrnTeawell said. i am glad to see you in a bsn program and hope that with your background and attitude you find yourself in grad school someday so you can teach others.:heartbeat
- Jul 21, '12 by breezycnaWell said. There are many coworkers I would like to say many of these things to.
- Jul 21, '12 by Liddle NoodnikQuote from miabiawow, GREAT advice! would love to have you on my team!There are things that I think ALL CNA/MA's need to know that they either forget or just blow off...