How to Become a CNA:
Beginner Certified Nursing Assistant's Guide

From Nurse Ingrid’s Notebook: 4 Vital Reasons Why Many Great CNAs Prefer to Work Through Homecare Agencies

In my twenty-five years running a homecare agency, I have supervised and made friends with literally hundreds of CNAs. Distilling that entire experience into a few paragraphs will be challenging. I will thus start by breaking it down as follows:The nature of one-on-one caregiving Downtime: Unlike working at a living facility or memory ward where a CNA’s tasks seem never-ending all day long, a CNA working in a private home may have a consid ...

8 Vital Guidelines for Improved Communication Skills: A New CNA’s Guide

By developing your communication skills, you would also achieve all of the following:Develop a clarity of thought and voice as never before Enjoy more meaningful interpersonal relationships with your patients Move upwards with higher recognition at work Reap the benefits of energized self-esteem Conduct your daily activities with improved confidence Become a magnet for people seeking your counsel And yes, cast your net over a greate ...

What Nurse Ingrid Tells Her New CNAs: Basic Lessons Regarding Our Seniors

From my perch at the homecare agency From early on at the homecare agency I started back in the nineties, I cherished the enthusiasm that my younger nursing assistant recruits brought along upon entering the elder care field. To some degree, I reckoned that made up for some of their ill-conceived notions about our seniors. As my agency grew, I realized that of our care recipients who were relatively young, say in their mid to late seventies, ...

Hand Care for Nurses 101: 3 Helpful Tips for Dealing with Dry Skin

The cold and windy beginning of spring is hardly the kindest on anyone’s skin, but especially for nurses. In combination with the weather, the constant washing and re-washing of hands performed by a nurse on a daily basis can wreak havoc on skin which is already dry and irritated. According to the CDC, some nurses may even experience irritant contact dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis from the alcohol-based hand sanitizers provided by ...

Rapport-Building Techniques for New CNAs

Introverts and Extroverts Many of us are introverted and get edgy when in the company of new people. We simply don’t find it easy to open up and make the small talk that commonly gets a relationship going. We tend to wait for the other person to break the ice, and our body language gets all defensive, which in turn does not encourage the other person to come up with sincere and effective overtures. Others are extroverted and have an easy-going ...

8 Tips for Conflict Resolution: How to Get the Best Results

Have you encountered any of these situations at work?For the third time this week, a co-worker has dodged answering call lights A group has started to exclude another team member and refuse to help her The holiday work schedule causes arguments among staff A charge nurse always gives the best assignments to her favorite CNA Every workplace has conflicts. At some point, the combination of age, culture, gender, seniority, personal l ...

Surviving the Night Shift: 9 Tips from Experienced CNAs

Night shifts are a necessary part of healthcare. In any hospital or inpatient facility, activity slows at night, but nursing care continues around the clock. Frequently new employees will begin and remain on the night shift until a position on the day shift opens. Some facilities require rotating shifts or schedule staff to fill in for night staff vacations.Adapting to the night shift can be one of the biggest challenges for a CNA. Many of th ...

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provides direct care to patients, clients, or residents of the facility or agency that he or she works for. Working as a team member, the CNA takes vital signs and helps patients bathe, dress, eat, and go to activities. A Certified Nursing Assistant works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) to give personal, hands-on care to patients, residents, o ...

How to Pass Your Multiple-Choice CNA Test: 6 Important Tips to Get You Through the Exam

How are your test-taking skills? Do you start to worry when it’s time to show how much you’ve learned? Does your mind go blank? Do you find yourself making mistakes even when you know the correct answers?All CNA candidates must pass their state’s written examination to get the credentials they need for a job. All the exams are multiple choice; each question has four choices for the correct answer.Many candidates find testing stressful ...