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Many aspirants are found to be confused to choose the right career option. As nursing and medical career are regarded as the securest career among all, many candidates are found to be thinking into the field. However it is not easy to get into the nursing or medical profession as each of the profession requires a lot of financial and time investment. But, in this misery there is a career aspect which stands out of the array. The career as Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA is the only career options which has many opportunities as an entry point for nursing career that entails minimum investment of time and money. In this article, we will discuss about such points that make career as certified nursing assistant as an excellent career option.
Minimal Investment: CNA training requires completion of a training program that requires seventy-five hours of theoretical and practical learning. These learning hours can be completed within span of few weeks. Completion of program makes students eligible to attend the certification exams yielding a working license. After obtaining the certification exam and passing it, aspirants can start working and the training can be done with minimum financial investment. The total fee structures of the training program ranges from some hundred dollars to a thousand dollars depending upon the facilities provided by programs.
You might have heard many discussions on choosing career as a Certified Nursing Assistant or a CNA. You might have been overseen by your seniors and parents to go for a nursing career with such CNA classes. But if all these discussion and logic’s are still not enough to convince you then I shall present some reasons for you to give weight on the logic’s you heard, helping you to decide on nursing assistant career.
- 1. Secure Career: The demand for healthcare professionals has never gone down and it is same for the CNAs. You need not to worry for the time to be invested for searching a job or losing it due to unfavorable economic conditions. Despite any economic changes, mankind would never compromise on health issues.
- 2. Affordable Education: CNA programs can be completed with minimum financial investment. Average cost for completing a program ranges between some hundred and a thousand dollars. In addition to that, many institutions also provide scholarships and grants to the students on meritorious basis.
For CNAs to work in healthcare facilities and to perform the job roles effectively, it is important to maintain a good relation with the colleagues and senior staff members. The job performance is important but better job performance also needs good attributes to be displayed. Being friendly and conversant with the peers and at the same time working as a team player is important for nursing assistants as the healthcare facilities are totally dependent on the team performance of staffs members and therefore the staff members are collectively term as medical team. To perform job roles being in a team is difficult as you would be responsible for the performance of the entire team and need to share work roles of colleagues or seek assistance as well. In this course, the relation between you and your working peers will be a crucial thing to endure. Maintaining relations is something like looking to own image in a mirror. Yes, you will be treated by others according to your treat for them. I, therefore, trying to help you with some tips to maintain a healthy relation with your work colleagues.
The first thing to be done to maintain healthy relationships with peers is to behave in a disciplined way. The term ‘disciplined’ may sound vague in this midst, thus to simplify it I would urge you to follow all the codes and conducts prevailing in the facility you work. A disciplined person is always respected. Dress yourself properly and maintain all the outfit behaviors properly. Other such disciplined action should follow accordingly. Do not ever try to find faults with your peers but instead, praise their efforts. If there is a serious fault, try to suggest them in a polite way.
Secondly, act in a convincing way. It is important for CNAs to be helpful to others. For example, if your peers need some assistance from your side, do not ever hesitate to move forward. The helpfulness you show to your peers will considerably help you to get the assistance back from them upon requirement. This also increases the team spirit and essence of working with synergy.
Do not flirt with your peers unnecessarily. Cracking jokes during job performances makes the environment pleasing but if the jokes turn to be offensive flirts, the relations would break forever. Additionally, do not ever crack jokes on someone’s weakness but allow them to regain confidence against their weakness and assist them if needed. Similarly, being a CNA you need to be considerate to your patients as well as to your peers. Show and work for the mutual help in case of any unintended or unpredicted harms or injuries.
The additional thing you need to do is to develop a positive attitude towards your peers. Do not criticize your peers instead discuss the issues with them in a courteous way. Needless to say, other humanly traits like being conversant, friendly, cool behavior and ability to understand and feel others’ feelings and emotions will always help to maintain good relations with peers and ultimately making a good work environment.
Career to be practiced for living are often chosen by the individual interests and income level that can be generated through the choice. In today’s world, there are numerous career options and people are found to be enjoying their career according to the market demand. Practicing a career also depends upon the qualification acquired. In this line, medical and nursing career is one of the most desired and accepted career options to enjoy a high standard of living with a satisfaction of helping others. But, many people are found to be reluctant to pursue medical and/or nursing career because it needs a lot of hard work and heavy investment of money. Contrary to that, there is a career option that requires little amount of time and money to be invested but itself is a rewarding career with good earning scale. The career as a Certified Nursing Assistant or a CNA is only the nursing career option that can be started with little training but yield greater results.
However, becoming a nursing assistant just completing training and having a working license is not enough but little more humane compassions and enthusiasms are needed. In this article, we shall discuss about the additional human traits and behaviors you need to develop to pursue a career as a nursing assistant.
Show deep interest
The first thing you need to work as a CNA is to have an interest to work in the nursing field. The interest should be well supported by your compassion and desire to help the needy and helpless people. Work roles of nursing assistants entail lot of assistance works that cannot be completed without a compassionate heart. The desire of helping the helpless is something divine for which this career is regarded as a rewarding career.
Be prepared to work in stressful conditions
You need to show a steady behavior while working as a CNA. The healthcare settings are often influenced by emergencies along with the chaotic and stressful situations. Thus, managing stress and emotions to overcome such situations becomes important for nursing assistants.
Have a positive attitude and deliver same to patients.
Additionally, the courteous communication and motivation skills are required to keep patients motivated for life. Nothing other than consolation and hope can make victims to see a life in those staked conditions.
CNA career is not just about doing a job and getting paid, but a lot more than that. If you are motivated to pursue this career option just for good earning, then I shall recommend you to choose other professions. You will work as a sole respondent to many lives and jobs performed just for earning money will definitely make you take those lightly. But a simple error can be fatal to patients. You have no rights to play with patients’ lives if you don’t have passion to save.
I suggest you to develop the behavior and attitude as discussed above to pursue a career as a CNA or else other career options would be the right pick for you.
For every job, it is never easy to get started. From simple official works to the works in medical field, the initials days at job seem to be difficult to deal with, especially when the candidates are not well prepared. For Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) as well, the starting days at job usually becomes tough. It is not easy to adjust with the environment in a healthcare facility. The time becomes more challenging when you encounter the emergencies at the initial days. Thus, it is important for fresh CNAs to get well prepared before attending your first day at job.
The better you prepare for your initials days, the better would be the start. For this, first of all take your time to study each and every detail of the prospective employer. Get information on how they work, the working schedules, off times, shift timings and most importantly the rules and regulations to be followed while at work. This will help you to avoid possible harm due to lack of background knowledge.
Next thing you need to do is to know about the patients who are already in the facility, especially in unit that you are deployed in, to be dealt on regular basis. You are there to provide nursing care to the patients and thus knowing about them is necessary. For this, you can seek help from the staffs members or existing CNAs in the facility. Knowing the behavior will definitely help to feel you comfortable at the first exposures. Additionally, you can also make a plan to be efficient at the work.
Knowing about the existing employees or say, the senior staffs will be the next thing to be done for getting prepared. You should be kind, courteous and show respect to the senior staff members of the facility. Being kind and courteous will help to get mingled easily with the existing humane environment. Also, it will create a decent image of yours in front of the seniors. It is difficult to be good and show a persistent nature, thus don’t be artificial on the process of being good to others. Be yourself but just with a little politeness and soft behavior.
Getting prepared before appearing to the first day at your work as a CNA will strong help you to get a solid start. Remember the saying; first impression is the last impression. The initial days at your job will have an effect on your whole work duration in the facility and subsequently in your entire career, thus don’t lose the chance to get a solid start. I wish you luck for the days ahead.