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Working as a CNA: How to Get Along With the Head Nurse

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Are you working a CNA job that involves working closely with the head nurse? Are you and a handful of other certified nursing assistants in competition to get on the nurse’s good side and win her approval? Here are some tips for your CNA job on how to get along with the head nurse.

1. Be at work! If you can help it, don’t call out. Calling out regularly is very damaging to a nurse aide’s reputation. It sours the head nurse towards you because they have to pick up the slack and find someone to cover for you. Avoid calling out whenever possible.

2. Alert the nurse to vital information immediately. If you observe something of importance in your patient’s condition, tell the head nurse asap. This way, she doesn’t find out at the end of her shift that your patient has a fever and you never told her. She will appreciate hearing from you right away.

3. Don’t complain about tasks. If you’re assigned to a particularly unpleasant work duty, be sure to hold your tongue and do your work. You never know if your complaints will reach the ears of your supervisor – and nothing annoys a head nurse like a whiner.

4. Take the initiative on CNA job tasks. If you see supplies running out, reorder them. If you notice an unmade bed, make it. There are a lot of tasks you can do without being told that will seriously impress your supervising nurse.

5. Be humble yet confident. This is a delicate balance. Being humble means you don’t act like you’re better than all the other certified nursing assistants. It means you acknowledge your weaknesses and work on them. Being humble does NOT mean speaking ill of yourself even when you know better. You can be confident and humble! Sure of yourself, but not braggy. Any human, including your head nurse, will appreciate this behavior.

Being a CNA is a competitive business. Follow these 5 steps to set yourself apart and stand out to the head nurse. It always helps to be trusted and appreciated by your supervisors.

Are you in nursing school? Have you considered a job as a CNA to get ahead? Check out our blog on Nursing Students in CNA Jobs.

A Heartwarming Caregiver Job Story

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Has your caregiver job been weighing heavy on you this week? Need to be reminded why you love working with the elderly? Well if you love cute kids and sweet elderly men, you are going to melt when you watch this video.

To summarize, its news coverage of a real-life friendship between a 3-year-old boy and a 89-year-old WWII veteran. They hang out every day and love spending time together. If you have a heart (which being a caregiver implies) you’re going to love this! Check it out:

Adorable, huh? The Certified Nursing Assistant who looks after Erling better do a FANTASTIC job! He deserves the best.

How To Have A Winning CNA Job Interview

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So you’ve filled out your caregiver job application, handed it in, and great news – you got an interview! Now, don’t panic – we’ve got some tips to help you nail the interview and land the caregiver job!

Step One: Appearance

First impressions are a big deal, and guess what, before you can utter a single word, people can judge you by your appearance. Doesn’t matter if it’s morally (or legally) right or wrong – it just happens. So at your caregiver job interview, be sure that you look your best! Some general rules of thumb include wearing professional, non-wrinkled, modest clothing, keeping your hair neat, clean, and out of your face, and wearing professional footwear (no sandals, sneakers, or crocs).

Step Two: Arrive early

Account for all kinds of flukes, including traffic, accidents, getting lost, etc. If you get there ridiculously early, sit in your car until 15 minutes before your set interview time. At that point, go in and make yourself known to the receptionist or secretary. Be sure to be kind and professional with everyone you encounter!

Step Three: Answer the questions

You will undoubtedly be asked some hard interview questions. Typically, these are about your previous work experience, how you think it will apply to the job, your motivations for applying, and your professional skills and abilities. Search the internet for common interview questions and practice answering before the interview. Ask for clarification if you don’t understand the question. Answer the questions directly and be as positive as possible! It might be a good idea to have a few questions of your own prepared if they ask. Some examples might be “What is your company’s mission statement?” or “What is the rate of turnover for CNA jobs here – I’m looking to work as a certified nursing assistant someplace long term?”

After your interview, be sure to thank them for their time. Some employers like to be called within 3-5 days after the interview. If you do decide to do this, introduce yourself again, thank them for the interview, ask if the position has been filled, and if it hasn’t, you can ask for a timeline regarding their decision.

If you follow these steps, the caregiver job is sure to be yours! Considering a career as a CNA? Read our blog to find out if you have what it takes - 4 Ways to Tell if You Can Handle a CNA Job.

The Seven Pitfalls To Being A Great CNA

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You have unlimited Certified Nursing Assistant job potential. You could be the greatest CNA this world has ever seen. But if you’re stuck in any of these seven habits, you’re not gonna get there. Beware! Here are seven habits that have the potential to ruin a your CNA job and future career as a certified nursing assistant:

1. They call-in sick often, are late frequently, and leave early.

2. They are not a team player, working in cliques or completely independently.

3. They fritter away time when they could be busy working.

4. They are not flexible with their residents or routine, stubbornly refusing to change their ways.

5. They use their phone on the job.

6. They participate in company gossip.

7. They never willingly volunteer to cover caregiver job shifts or work with the difficult resident.

If any of these habits resonate with you, do something to change it! We all get sucked into negative patterns at one time or another, but we must be careful never to be complacent. Always be checking yourself, getting better, improving your CNA job game!

Need a reminder on why you became a CNA in the first place? Read our blog called Why Become a CNA?

State Laws for CNA Jobs – CNA to Resident Ratios

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Recently, I was asked a question about state laws regarding CNA jobs. The person asking the question wanted to know if there was any law that stated a maximum number of residents that could be assigned to one caregiver at any given time.


GREAT question!


The answer is yes, there are laws that regulate that sort of thing, but they are created at the state level, so they vary from place to place. Some states have laws about how many hours of nursing each resident is entitled to each day – this dictates how many Certified Nursing Assistant Jobs are created to fulfill those hours per resident. Other states have a ratio of CNAs to residents, meaning there must be at least one CNA per every set number of residents. Below is a list of the states that use the ratio method for CNA jobs at the time this post was written.

  • Arkansas

  • District of Columbia

  • Delaware

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • South Carolina

Remember to comment with any questions you might have about CNA or caregiver jobs. We’re here to help. Maybe we’ll write a blog for you! ;)

Caregiver Jobs Have Boundaries

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The beauty of a caregiver job is forming healthy relationships and human bonds with your clients, right? Right. Well, mostly right. The key word here is “healthy.” We are meant to connect with others and as a caregiver, you have the opportunity to develop some meaningful and fulfilling friendships with your clients. But there are boundaries for every caregiver job.

For every caregiver, there is the risk of “over attachment,” meaning an obvious preference for a resident that consequently affects the caregivers work performance. This looks different depending on the situation and the CNA job, but here are some scenarios.

- The caregiver will spend inordinate amounts of time with just this one resident, neglecting others in the process.

- The resident prefers only one specific caregiver and depends on their presence to be happy. He/she will refuse help from other aides and caregivers.

- The caregiver becomes so emotionally attached to the resident that they lose the ability to be objective. They are not able to see certain changes in the patients condition, including mental and physical abilities.

Again, there’s many variations and consequences of over attachment – these are just a few – but it is something to be aware of and catch yourself before it happens. Over attachment may seem loving from the perspective of the caregiver, but in reality it is hurting other patients and inhibiting the caregiver’s ability to do their CNA job well.

Be aware of the dangers of over attachment and remember to set boundaries that maintain a healthy caregiver-resident relationship.

To read more on healthy caregiver-client relationships, check out our blog by Grace, on Why I Chose A Caregiver Job.

Utah Caregiver Training

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This week, we’re taking some time to discuss Utah Caregiver Training and what you need to know if you’re working a caregiver job in the state. State caregiver training regulations vary with each position, so today we’ll cover all the specifics of this state.

Utah Caregiver Training states that personal care aides (PCAs) must fulfill an agency-specific orientation, followed by a demonstration of proficiency in all areas of personal care training. Once initial caregiver training has been completed, PCAs must then complete 6 hours of CEUs annually.

The other group of caregivers with specific Utah Caregiver Training requirements are Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), who must enroll in a state-approved CNA school and then pass the state exam. Once this is completed, CNAs must then fulfill 12 hours of CEUs in order to maintain certification needed to work CNA jobs.

Next week, on to Vermont!

Tennessee Caregiver Training

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Tennessee – home to Nashville and all kinds of amazing music. This week we’re taking a moment to focus on this great state as we explore Tennessee Caregiver Training and its requirements for CNAs, HHAs, and caregivers of all kinds.

The first type of direct care worker with specific state caregiver training requirements is the personal support service worker. This is someone who provides one-on-one non-medical care to a client. These employees must complete topic specific training within the first 30 days of employment. Afterwards, they are required to complete annual training in job related topics, in order to stay current.

The second and last type of caregiver with Tennessee Caregiver Training requirements is the CNA or Certified Nurse Aide. CNAs must enroll in a state-approved CNA course and successfully complete the program. In order to maintain certification, CNAs must do 12 hours of CEUs each year.

Those are all the state-specific requirements for Tennessee Caregiver Training. We’ve got eight more states to go, so make sure you keep checking back!

Being a Caregiver – Do You Have What it Takes?

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Not just any old Joe can work a caregiver job. It takes someone with special skills and certain personality traits. What do you think? Do you have what it takes to become a caregiver?

Here’s some things EVERY caregiver must possess:

1. Compassion. Every single person working as a caregiver MUST be compassionate. This means that you have the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes and understand their predicament. This means your heart is warm towards those in need. This means you are KIND.

2. Patience. If you’re going to be a caregiver, you can’t snap easily. You need to be able to bear with clients when they’re being stubborn or difficult. You must be able to breathe deeply and stay calm, even when the situation is frustrating.

3. Decision making skills. You must be able to make good decisions for you and your client. This means you need to know your company’s rules, be able to apply them to a situation, and if necessary, make a tough decision. Your client depends on you.

4. Communication skills. Finally, you need to be able to communicate clearly and efficiently between both clients and supervisors. You’ll have to listen to and understand the clients needs, report significant information to the nurse, and understand the nurse’s care instructions.

So what do you think? Could you make it working as a caregiver? If you can, the rewards are great. You have a career in changing people’s lives. Basically, you’re a hero.

Celebrity Caregiver

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You probably haven’t thought much about it, but there are actually some famous celebrities who have experienced being a caregiver for a family member. You’ll be surprised to learn who has had a family caregiver job and been in the public spotlight. In fact, I’m willing to bet this list will humanize these folks in your mind a little bit.

5 Celebrities Who Have Had Caregiver Jobs:

1. Patrick Dempsey –

Dempsey’s mother had ovarian cancer (twice) and he and his other siblings were some of her main caregivers. In fact, because of his experience, he founded The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing, which offers free support and resources to those affected by cancer.

2. Hillary Clinton –

Though Clinton was careful to keep her private life private, it is now known that Clinton was responsible for being a caregiver to her ill mother, even in the midst of a political career.

3. Rob Lowe –

Lowe cared for his father as he battled cancer. Since then, he has been a major advocate for male caregivers and for exploring various cancer treatment options.

4. Alec Baldwin (and his brothers) –

Baldwin and his brothers all helped to care for their mother who fought and beat breast cancer. They have since set up the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.

5. Seth Rogen -

Rogen has experienced the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease through his mother-in-law. He and his wife help provide supplemental care for her. Rogen has also recently gave a heart-felt speech at a Senate hearing regarding Alzheimer’s research.

The list could go on, but the point is, even celebrities are sometimes given caregiver jobs and it’s never an easy task. You are not alone and there are support systems to help you pull through. Keep going, caregivers! The world needs you!

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