Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Colorado Springs:
"Just Do It."
With so many different agencies running CNAs as well as nursing homes, hospitals, etc. It's easy for a new CNA to get the impression that they need a boss, a manager or an agency of some sort. It's really not true. Once you have your license you can easily (and legally) just print up some business cards, stick an ad on craigslist and seek the employer/employment situation you most prefer. For me I care for a brain injured child in her own home for 20 hours per week. I could easily take on another patient with similar circumstances - whether another child or a senior. I could also work part time in a hospital, hospice or nursing home setting. The point here is that once you have your license you really can do things pretty much your own way. I think this is something many CNAs don't consider - the fact that you are a licensed professional allowed to provide services for a fee WITHOUT an umbrella organization managing you and claiming a large portion of your money.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Louisville:
"That so many nurses have no respect for the c.n.s's."
Stay to yourself don't tell anyone your home life. Work as a team.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Houston:
"That I would only get 1 day orientation."
Always do your best and study to further your career.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Yakima:
"Never stop sharing and caring."
Pay attention, be kind, follow the rules,

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Colton:
The advice I'll give to a new cna is to do your job with desire of caring for the patients always doing the right thing.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Sparta:
"Friends."
Go in with passion love and understanding.

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in Havana:
"Don't stop!!"
Be compassionate and don't get comfortable being a CNA....please whatever you do even ifor it is only taking a few classes at a time at a local college....go on to be a nurse or something else in the medical field if that's what you want to do...it's easy to get stuck in this position....the pay/work ratio is way off!! It's easy to get burnt out doing this type of work!! It also takes a lot of patience with people....some days are better than others...it's also each to get attached to residents if you work in long-term facility!!