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Can you tell the difference if an RN has worked previously as a. CNA?

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 29 years experience.

I can tell if a new RN has previously worked as a CNA. An experienced one, not so much.

BONBON, BSN, RN

Specializes in Surgical Transplant.

On 6/22/2020 at 4:48 PM, Jedrnurse said:

I can tell if a new RN has previously worked as a CNA. An experienced one, not so much.

I'm just curious, why is that (ie what about the new RN that makes you think they've had CNA experience)? The way they interact with patients, time management? I'm a new RN with a CNA background and im just wondering what you pick up on as an experienced RN. Or what habits and things you see that you appreciate or don't appreciate 😉 in new RNs?

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 29 years experience.

10 hours ago, BONBON said:

I'm just curious, why is that (ie what about the new RN that makes you think they've had CNA experience)? The way they interact with patients, time management? I'm a new RN with a CNA background and im just wondering what you pick up on as an experienced RN. Or what habits and things you see that you appreciate or don't appreciate 😉 in new RNs?

New RNs with CNA experience overall seem more comfortable dealing with patients initially. Also quicker to plan logistics, e.g. "I'm going into an isolation room, here's everything I need in one swoop before I enter the room"...

Obviously this isn't true across the board, just a trend I've noticed over the years.

BONBON, BSN, RN

Specializes in Surgical Transplant.

On 6/24/2020 at 4:15 AM, Jedrnurse said:

Also quicker to plan logistics, e.g. "I'm going into an isolation room, here's everything I need in one swoop before I enter the room"...

Thanks, thats what I figured!