New CNA - any advice?

  1. 0 Ok. So I just interviewed and was hired on the spot for a PRN nurse aide position at a local nursing home. I'm only PRN because I work full-time in research but want to get my feet wet in the nursing field since I want to do a 2nd degree BSN program next year.

    Any suggestions, hints, advice, etc. for a new nurse aide?
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  3. Visit  smwall3 profile page

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  4. Visit  jb2u profile page
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    Ok. So I just interviewed and was hired on the spot for a PRN nurse aide position at a local nursing home. I'm only PRN because I work full-time in research but want to get my feet wet in the nursing field since I want to do a 2nd degree BSN program next year.

    Any suggestions, hints, advice, etc. for a new nurse aide?
    my advice is learn to prioritize, hang in there, and take great care of your patients.

    congratulations on the new job and welcome to allnurses and the cna forum!
  5. Visit  chadash profile page
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    And remember: if polysporin won't cure it, a depend won't cover it, or duct tape can't hold it down, ALWAYS call on licensed personel.

    Just use common sense, you'll be great!
  6. Visit  casi profile page
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    The best thing I have learned is to duck in a timely manner! :spin:
  7. Visit  shlru0404 profile page
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    awesome, all such great advice! You'll learn how to work like an ox and at the end of a good shift you may even feel like one. however as you see your patient appreciate your support your heart goes back to jello again...very rewarding place to be

    take each event as a learning tool and grow from that
    you may meet coworkers that you may want to be like...
    and you may meet coworkers that are not so appealing to be like
    i still after 12 years find the responce of my patient/resident as the best judge of my performance
  8. Visit  The Bell Jar profile page
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    Breathe through your mouth and not your nose when dealing with bm.

    Make sure your rooms are stocked at the beginning of your shift so you won't have to run around.
  9. Visit  jb2u profile page
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    Quote from shlru0404
    awesome, all such great advice! You'll learn how to work like an ox and at the end of a good shift you may even feel like one. however as you see your patient appreciate your support your heart goes back to jello again...very rewarding place to be

    take each event as a learning tool and grow from that
    you may meet coworkers that you may want to be like...
    and you may meet coworkers that are not so appealing to be like
    i still after 12 years find the responce of my patient/resident as the best judge of my performance
    :yeahthat:

    excellent post!
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    Quote from The Bell Jar
    Breathe through your mouth and not your nose when dealing with bm.

    Make sure your rooms are stocked at the beginning of your shift so you won't have to run around.
    so true...so true!


    Quote from casi
    The best thing I have learned is to duck in a timely manner! :spin:

    I've had to duck many o sputum!
  11. Visit  casi profile page
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    Quote from jb2u
    so true...so true!

    I've had to duck many o sputum!
    That's one thing I haven't had to duck yet, I've gotten lucky. I mostly duck kisses from 90 year old men, jump out of the way of butt or breast grabs from the same men as well. I've also learned to duck blows or to try and stay an arms or leg length away...

    On the note of ducking body fluids ALWAYS keep a spare pair of gloves on you.You NEVER Know what you might walk in on or what someone might try to hand you.

    Another thing that I've picked up doing that has saved me a lot. I set up things before I need them. If I am getting a resident up in the AM through out the night I'll set out her clothes, towels, and fill the portable o2 tank. Or if I have someone I know will need to be changed due to incontience I'll set out the briefs, clean pjs, unfolded chux, periwipes, and whatever else I may need so they are there when I need them.

    If there is anything you question or seems off to you ask for help and clarification.
  12. Visit  Winston95Pi profile page
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    Welcome to the medical field.
    Keep your eyes open, do not fear asking questions, because the only bad question is the one you do not ask. Keep a professional posture at all times and know what you know and when you do not know, ask. It is fun learning new things whether your job or not, if it is in your scope of practice learn and do the job. If not it your scope learn it anyway, because you may need it later when you do have the authority to do so. The best of luck and keep the brain always learning.
  13. Visit  *Pepper* profile page
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    Always have an extra pair of scrubs in the car.
    When in doubt, double glove.
    If it is head to toe, put a clean sheet on it as a barrier to you.
    Leave your shoes and scrubs outside of your house.
    Realize you pay is when your residents says thanks.
  14. Visit  HisTreasure profile page
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    Teamwork is key! Some CNAs find buddying up to be an effective way of completing rounds in an expiditious way---especially if you each have 20 residents to change, turn and position...
  15. Visit  casi profile page
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    Oooo another one I thought of the other night.

    I always carry a small notebook or a random peice of scrap paper. It goes back to the entire idea that you never know what you're going to walk into. It's good for keeping random vital signs, or changes in conditions. Cause you know when you walk out of that room 10mins later you'll forget.


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