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.
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