I just finished my first semester of nursing school in a BSN program. I am so thrilled to have gotten a job as a Nursing Assistant in a wonderful hospital. I am excited and nervous. I know I will get to learn so much, and I want to do a great job both for the patients and the nurses I will be assisting.
I would love to get some tips for what makes a great Nursing Assistant. What do your assistant's do or not do that make them stand out in a positive way?
Thanks for your input!
May 11, '10
I have been a CNA for 13 years now. Still working as one even though I am an RN. Anyway, I like to come in 15-30 minutes early to organize my day (find out who my nurses are, what patients I will have, etc.) Most of the night nurses don't mind if you look in their charts to find out information (isolation, procedures, etc.) I write everything down on a nice organized chart (name, room number, activities, vitals, I&O, procedures, report from RN, etc.)
I always mention anything out of the ordinary to the RN right away. No waiting. I show my initiative by always answering call lights even if they are not my patient; by answering phones; stocking linens; or finding anything else to do when it is on the slow side.
I also try to always find the good in everyone and make them smile with good humor. The day goes so much faster.
Remember to have fun!! Being stressed as a CNA makes for a burned out RN later.
Ask questions! RN's don't mind answering questions especially if you mention that you are in RN school.
Last edit by llteddybear on May 11, '10
: Reason: forgot something