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  • Oct 27

    Congratulations on your new position. I was also a CNA, also known as Patient Care Technician, during school and working 3 (7p-7a shifts). I will be graduating with my BSN in June. My advice to you would be to learn as much as you can from the nurses and other CNA's. Take initiative in asking questions and performing patient care. During night shift at times it may seem as though there may be nothing to do once the patient go to bed, so what I would do is, read on the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of my patient's diagnoses.

    Regarding sleeping.....thats another story. I worked night shift for almost 2 years and it has taken somewhat of a toll on me. But, I would recommend after coming home in the morning, try to keep your bedroom as dark as you can so you can trick your body into believing it's night time.

    All the best and good luck!