Becoming a CNA
Being a Successful C.N.A
Besides knowledge and proficiency there are many qualities which define a competent CNA. Our list includes the answers of residents, families, and those of experienced nurse aides who have been in the health care field for an extended period of time. Most of the qualities listed below represent the reasons and motivational factors driving new individuals to become certified nurse aides.
A competent CNA shows support for others, as well as patience, compassion and empathy. To become a good nursing assistant one needs to understand the meaning of being a team player. An effective nursing assistant learns to become a good listener who cares about and understands the needs of the residents, has a helping nature and a positive attitude. Both patients and co-workers appreciate a smile, an upbeat personality, as well as someone who takes pride in their work. A nurse aide job requires good organizational skills, patience, good judgment, and effective communication.
CODE OF ETHICS FOR NURSING ASSISTANTS
- Show equal courtesy and respect to all patients
- Consider all needs including social, physical, emotional and spiritual.
- Be loyal to your employer, patients, co-workers, and the facility in which you work.
- Help preserve life, ease patient’s suffering and work toward restoring health to all.
- Keep all information about patients and families confidential when outside the facility.
- Be neat and well-groomed at all times while on duty and pay attention to your own hygiene and cleanliness.
- Give nursing care on the same level to all patients regardless of their racial or religious beliefs.
- Recognize and respect the rights of the aged to a continued life of usefulness and happiness.
- Practice good health habits in order to keep your own good health. Sound health habits include nutritious meals, sufficient rest and sleep, time for relaxation and recreation when off duty, and prompt reporting of any sign of illness. Periodic health check-ups are needed to prevent illness.