What NOT to Wear To Your CNA Job
You probably read that title and thought to yourself, “But we all wear scrubs to work, so how could you wear the wrong thing?”
Fair question, but the reality is that some folks can even mess scrubs up, and it affects how clients, staff, and nurses perceive them. Dress well for your Certified Nursing Assistant job and communicate to those around you that you care about your work.
Every Certified Nursing Assistant wears some kind of scrubs to work, but some come into their CNA jobs with wrinkled and stained scrubs. Frankly, it just looks unprofessional and it communicates apathy for your job to both residents and supervising nurses. Do yourself and your career a favor by folding your scrubs after they come out of the laundry – they’ll be wrinkle free. Being a CNA can be kind of chaotic, so if you’re like me and you forget every now and them to fold clothes immediately after they’re dried, throw wrinkled scrubs back in the dryer with a wet towel and it’ll steam the wrinkles out! Takes 10 minutes max!
Wear shoes that are comfortable, but don’t look incredibly beat-up. Also keep in mind that old shoes are prone to odors that others can smell – and that’s not fun for anyone. When you get new shoes, spray them with Febreze regularly, and you’ll avoid them picking up odors for a long time.
Finally, keep your hair neat and clean. Nobody likes to look at a greasy head and your patients certainly don’t want your hair hanging over them as you provide personal care assistance.
Working as a CNA isn’t all about appearances . . . but that’s part of it! Make yourself look presentable everyday and watch your CNA career take off!
You’ve no doubt heard of the uber-successful book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Well I’ve decided to create a similar list for people with caregiver jobs. I call it, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in Caregiver Jobs.”
The highly effective caregiver . . .
1. Is motivated for the right reasons. Only people whose hearts are in the right place truly thrive in a caregiver job. This means your goal is to help others live better, fuller lives, even when it’s difficult.
2. Is well-trained. Caregivers who have some form of caregiver training under their belt are more likely to succeed in their careers. They know what they’re doing, how to do it, and are less likely to experience caregiver burnout.
3. Is a good communicator. This means being able not only to communicate your own feelings and thoughts, but to listen well and understand the perspective of your client. Additionally, caregivers need to communicate well with co-workers, staff, and supervising nurses.
4. Does not need to be in CONTROL at all times. Great caregivers understand that it’s important to allow clients to maintain as much control as possible. Many caregivers are often far too overbearing without even realizing it.
5. Collaborates with clients. Caregivers who can work with their clients to overcome conflict and reach a solution are far more successful than those who are stubborn and hard. Understand that you too make mistakes and be willing to admit your shortcomings to your client.
6. Has good time management skills. There can be a lot to get done in one day with just one client, let alone many! Great caregivers know how to handle their time at work to maximize their efficiency and get the most done.
7. Knows when to take a step back. Highly effective caregivers know when they’re approaching caregiver burnout, and they know to step back and allow themselves time to recuperate.
Looking for more tips for being the best possible caregiver you can be? Check out our Caregiver Resource Center and find all kinds of helpful materials!
Difficult Residents. Every single Certified Nursing Assistant working any type of CNA job has to deal with this problem some time. They are stubborn, they hit, they shout – it seems like their ultimate goal is to break you.
The reality is that these are people whose lives have become hard. If they were their normal selves, in an unaffected state of mind, they’d probably be embarrassed about their behaviour. But as a CNA, you have to deal with it, no matter what the cause. Caregiver training may give you some strategies to cope, but another strategy is to have a sense of humor about it! Presenting “The Five Most Difficult Residents at Your CNA Job!”
1. The Button Pusher
“Yes, Mr. C? What can I help you with now that I couldn’t have helped you with when you pushed your call button less than a minute ago?”
2. The Unattached Resident
No matter how hard you try to bond with him/her, it seems he/she will do nothing but ignore/actively resist your efforts.
3. The Unashamed Flirt
It was cute the first time . . . not as much the next 100.
4. The Stubborn Resident
Doesn’t matter what you ask them to do – they’re guaranteed to not want to do it. Bed, shower, dinner . . . you name it. You have a CNA job, and it seems they have an anti-CNA job.
5. The Trickster
They pretend they’re going to cooperate, but then BAM, they blindside you with a practical joke.
For more CNA job gifs, check out our blog, Why Become a CNA?
We all know that working the night-shift at your CNA job comes with certain challenges. The struggle to sleep during daylight, feeling tired when you are awake, and insomnia when you’re supposed to be asleep. In fact, studies have shown that people who work abnormal shifts are likely to suffer from Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD) which can include symptoms such as insomnia and excessive sleepiness, irritability, lack of concentration, and more. Needless to say, none of these effects aide a person in doing his best at a caregiver job.
Locking into a overnight shift rhythm isn’t always easy, but there is good news. There are steps you can take to ease the ill-effects of the night-shift and even make it enjoyable. Here are five tips for working the night shift:
1. Change your schedule slowly, when possible. It’s easiest for you body to adjust if you take a few days to ease into your new sleep cycle. Studies show that it takes at least two days, and up to a week to shift your schedule.
2. Avoid caffeine. Even though it gives you a momentarily satisfying burst of energy, caffeine users have a harder time falling asleep than those who refrain.
3. Know your sleep habits. It helps if you’re in touch with how you sleep and can provide yourself with the conditions necessary for good rest. Be sure you know when to start winding down, and have a dark, comfortable room ready to go.
4. Schedule your life carefully. Some people miss out on valuable sleep because they need to pay the bills, clean the house, go grocery shopping, etc. If you can, schedule a time to do these tasks outside of your planned sleeping hours. This way you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your home is in order when you’re resting.
5. Notice and appreciate the benefits of the night shift. Some people prefer the night shift for the more laid-back atmosphere. Things are generally quieter and less chaotic during CNA job overnight shifts. It’s a unique environment from the day time.
Knowing the tricks of the night-shift trade are key to staying motivated and avoiding caregiver burnout. If you’re new to the night-shift, ask your co-workers with more experience for their personal tricks of the trade.
Looking for more CNA job tips? Read our blog called Helpful Tip For Your First Day At Your CNA Job.
Feeling a little “blah” these days? It’s happens to all of us every now and then. We lose sight of what’s important in life and start to feel apathetic and lazy. (Warning – that may be a symptom of caregiver burnout!) If you need a little reminder about why life is so special and amazing, check out this motivational video from Kid President. You don’t have to have a caregiver job to appreciate it, but it helps.
Watch and be reminded that being a caregiver is about changing the world:
“We can cry about it, or we can dance about it.” -Kid President
For another motivational caregiver job video from a kid, check out our blog A Friday Caregiver Job Funny and feel the motivation course through your veins.
Now, go out there and be awesome.
Rhode Island may be small, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to myCNAjobs!
In our mission to discuss the ins and outs of caregiver training in each and every state, we’ve landed in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Caregiver Training dictates the hours and subjects of the training required for homemakers, caregivers, PCAs, and CNAs.
First, homemakers/PCAs (Personal Care Aides) must fulfill 20 hours of initial training before beginning their caregiver jobs, followed by yearly training on elder abuse and neglect, ensuring caregivers stay up-to-date on the latest information in the industry.
Certified Nursing Assistant jobs in Rhode Island require nurse aides to complete a full CNA program, which is state-approved and consistent with the requirements of Rhode Island Caregiver Training. CNAs (and HHAs) must then complete 12 hours of continuing education each year, if they wish to stay certified in the state.
Next week, we start into the “souths” with South Carolina! Be sure to check it out!
43 million people in the US function as family caregivers. This means, that 43 million people spend time and resources on a caregiver job for a loved one without any financial compensation – and that can be tough. These are mostly folks with no healthcare background and zero caregiver training, and yet they are caring for a loved one and it’s costing them emotionally, physically, and . . . financially.
An article released by Forbes last week contains survey information that shows about 50% of family caregivers are paying $5,000 every year to cover medical expenses for a loved one. The means that over the course of 10 years, this caregiver job can cost up to $50,000! A lot of these financial difficulties come from not discussing a financial plan with your loved one, and not knowing the options and helps available.
If you’re someone with a family caregiver job do yourself a favor, read through the Forbes article, and start working towards a doable financial solution to your caregiving costs.
Are you a family caregiver looking for support and advice from people like you? Visit our Familial Caregiver Forum, where you can share stories and receive encouragement, support, and advice. Hang in there, caregivers and take it one day at a time.
Pennsylvania is home to the Liberty Bell, the Declaration of Independence, and much of our nation’s founding history. This week, we focus our attention on Pennsylvania Caregiver Training to help out our caregiver friends in the area with the ins and outs of the laws surrounding caregiver training. These rules and regulations vary from state to state, and so we’re focusing on them one state at a time.
Let’s start with Pennsylvania’s direct care workers. These folks are required to complete topical training at the start of their caregiver jobs based on where they work and with whom they are working. As time goes on, direct care workers must fulfill annual CEs and competency review.
Certified Nursing Assistants are all required to attend CNA classes that are reviewed and approved by the state, which will train students with the necessary skills and abilities needed to assist an RN and provide personal assistance to clients. In order to maintain certification, CNAs must complete 12 hours of CEs every year.
If you’re from this lovely state, be sure you know and understand Pennsylvania Caregiver Training. Keep in mind that private agencies may require a higher level of training than what is mandated by the state, so be sure to check with your future employer about their specific requirements!
Never had I met an older person at a CNA job with such high spirits as Juanita. Juanita was a resident at the assisted living facility where I was doing my clinical hours for my CNA school certificate. Juanita was a 96-year-old, charming woman who has Alzheimer’s disease and was confused most of the time. She was able to brighten your day with a compliment or a lengthy conversation, which was almost always hard to follow due to her jumping from one topic to another, leaving you to just smile and nod back. Even if you tried to have a conversation with her it was impossible because she was hard of hearing and so she ended up answering with whatever she felt like chatting about. She would start talking about her childhood days on her ranch and end up talking to you as if you were her relative who you have never even met before.
Her usual Certified Nursing Assistant liked to make her look nice, so that she looked as beautiful as her personality. One day he went a little over-board by using a blush as eyeshadow so there was a bright red color throughout her cheeks and eyes and for the finishing touch red lipstick! She looked adorable but to be honest it was a little too much for her. I decided to stay quiet and let her do the talking since that was what I usually did. I took her to the mirror and her first response to her reflection was, ” Aih cabron traigo mas pintura que un payaso,” meaning “Oh F%$. I’m wearing more make up than a clown!” I could not hold the laughter any longer once she said that because Juanita said what I was thinking without me having to say it out loud. Juanita wasn’t so confused after all!
Great news caregivers! There’s a ride designed for your caregiver job. Last week, Vantage Mobility International unveiled the Toyota Sienna Northstar E360 – a car designed especially for caregivers and their clients, allowing wheelchair access, a roomy cabin, and various seating options.
This van is a great option for family caregivers who need a way to transport their wheelchair-bound relatives from place to place. Toyota boasts an affordable and reliable vehicle that allows caregiver to include their loved ones in excursions of all kinds! To learn more about the features of Toyota’s new creation, watch an introductory video here.
What will they think of next? The world is full of exciting innovations that make caregiver jobs a heck-of-a-lot easier. Another product changing the face of the care world is The Wanderer’s Database – a way to ease the minds of Alzheimer’s caregivers. To learn more, check out our blog called Alzheimer’s and the Family Caregiver Job.