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SOS! What do you bring and what do you do during CNA orientation?

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SOS! Wednesday is my CNA ORIENTATION at a long Term Care/ Assisted living facility. I'm actually really nervous because I don't know what to expect at all. Is it training?? Should I review anything like CNA hands on skills? I'm seriously nervous. What do I bring? I really want to do well, this is my first time. How was your CNA orientation experience? What did you bring? Any advices or tips would be much appreciated too!

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

SOS! Wednesday is my CNA ORIENTATION at a long Term Care/ Assisted living facility. I'm actually really nervous because I don't know what to expect at all. Is it training?? Should I review anything like CNA hands on skills? I'm seriously nervous. What do I bring? I really want to do well, this is my first time. How was your CNA orientation experience? What did you bring? Any advices or tips would be much appreciated too!

Probably your first day will be in a large room with a bunch of other new employees filling out forms. If they didn't tell you what to bring or what to wear, scrubs are probably appropriate. Bring a pen and a little pocket-sized notebook so you can jot things down -- frequently used phone numbers, the location of the cafeteria and the code to the locker room -- those sorts of things. Also anything you want to Google or look up (when was your last tetanus shot? have you ever had the measles?) after work. Reviewing skills isn't a bad idea, either.

Congratulations on your new job!

Today, I went there to sign employment papers such as background check, drug test, TB, etc. which I have done all of those last year. All the shots I needed was done last year for my PCA class. She did mention to dress business casual and to bring lunch. I will definitely bring a notepad to jot down notes, thank you!