First week on the job as CNA

by AzDeb Member

Specializes in Nursing Assistant.

I am VERY excited to start my first CNA job soon. Yay!!! For those of you who have already experienced your first CNA job, do you have any helpful hints or advice that will make things go smoother for a first time CNA in the first week or so on the job? :D


Specializes in LTC/Rehab. Has 4 years experience. 347 Posts

Try to absorb in as much information as possible. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Be open to criticism, and enjoy the learning experience.


Has 5 years experience. 1,196 Posts

Pay close attention to your trainer's routine. I found it helpful to write it down - just something basic, like:

2 - 3 p.m. - Rounds

3-4 p.m. - Showers

4-5 p.m. - Get up for dinner

Etc. That way, when you're on your own, you will have that little list to remind you of your general tasks and timelines.

Get everything ready in advance. When I did my first rounds on 2nd shift, I would pass linens for pm care for each room, as well as get out nightclothes and briefs. I would put them under the pillow where they'd be in easy reach. It saves you a lot of time later to not be searching for the things you need.

Good luck. :)


Specializes in Nursing Assistant. 87 Posts

Great advice. Thank you!! I will plan to follow all of the above. I have confidence and I know there is a learning curve.....but some great advice certainly never hurts! Appreciate your replies! :)