Five Great Habits for a Fulfilling Life as a CNA


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Are you a certified nursing assistant who wants to jumpstart your career? Or are you someone who has seen the highs and lows of your chosen vocation but want something to change for the better? Create the highlight of your career and have the change that you want by starting with yourself.



Your self is the best place for you can start the best practices because it is the only thing that you have total control of. Self + best practices + consistency = habits, which can help you have an amazing life as a CNA.

Develop in yourself these five great habits and see positive transformations in your work:

1. THE HABIT OF BEING ON TIME

Tardiness and procrastination are a deadly combination that can destroy your career. Being late at the start of your shift can rattle you and drain you of energy because of the stress of having to focus on different details in a hurried manner. Are you putting off reporting patient vital signs that are just a little bit beyond the normal? That’s a big no-no. It could mean endangering a patient's life. Developing a habit of being on time means having an excellent start every day and having focus in doing what matters most; patient care.

2. THE HABIT OF LISTENING AND GIVING FEEDBACK

Taking care of patients requires a nursing assistant to be a good communicator. Did you know that the primary reason for medical errors is miscommunication? It certainly is, so it is important to give your full attention and listen to what is being said and always give clear and timely feedback. If you make listening and giving feedback your habit, you keep yourself away from errors that can lead to patient harm and a ruined future.

3. THE HABIT OF SAFETY

Safety is the essence of a CNA’s job. Without safety, there is no care to provide or health to nurture. It is perhaps the most important of all habits to form as a nursing assistant. ‘Think safety, act safely' should be your mantra every day to protect the patient, yourself, and others from harm, such as falls and infections. If you can perform handwashing properly, lock the wheels of the bed, move patients correctly, and do proper body mechanics on autopilot, then you can say you have already developed the most basic of safety habits. It’s time to give yourself a pat on the back.

4. THE HABIT OF KEEPING CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS TO YOURSELF

There are times when the need to keep information confidential at work becomes blurry. A frantic wife can be insistent when demanding her husband's health information and the CNA obliges with good intentions. Sounds harmless, right? Not so. Without the consent of the husband who is mentally capable of deciding for himself, the CNA crosses the line and breaches HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) rules.

5. THE HABIT OF RESPECTING OTHERS

Whether it’s a patient or co-worker, the people you deal with at work all deserve respect. Respecting others is a sign of maturity as a person because it accepts the uniqueness of each individual, and prevents one from passing judgment easily. Respect is the foundation of any team effort, and as part of a team, CNAs must respect co-workers. Making respect a habit can give a deeper meaning to one's work as a nursing assistant.

Developing great habits as a CNA is a must to be able to advance in your job, and to grow as a person in general. It might take a conscious effort to do these practices at first, but consistency over time is what makes these into automatic behaviors that can change the way you look at yourself as a nursing assistant and help you have a fulfilling career at the same time.

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